WINGERWORTH: Public inquiry into housing plans begins

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A public inquiry has begun into plans to build 51 homes on greenfield land in Wingerworth.

The planning inspectorate hearing, held at the Arkwright Centre on Hardwick Drive, began today and will decide the outcome of the application to develop land between Nethermoor Road and Deerlands Road, which were rejected by North East Derbyshire District council’s planning committee in October 2012.

The authority ruled that the scheme would create a ‘prominent intrusion’ into the countryside, and would not fit in with the wider development of the area, but applicants Rippon Homes appealed the decision.

Government-appointed planning inspector, Richard Clegg, will chair the three-day hearing, which started this morning (June 25).

In his opening statement, Christopher Young, for Rippon Homes, told the packed hearing that the area was in dire need of housing in order to meet government targets.

He said: “This council has a housing land famine which is the worst level of housing supply I have seen anywhere in the country.”

He added: “We are not asking for a 650-dwelling development. We are not asking you to release a site on greenbelt. This is a low valley site, the development is on a scale entirely commensurate with Wingerworth, which is the fifth largest settlement in this district, and it’s unobjectionable.”

The council cited the environmental impact of the site, as well as its impact on the existing areas of housing as reasons for their case.

The inquiry continues.