Posted by: Laura Hammond
Wed 12th July 2023
A housing developer is running a consultation on a proposal for a huge development of around 185 homes in Alfreton.
Gladman wants to build the housing estate on land to the west of Chesterfield Road.
No planning application has been submitted yet but the company has set up a web page detailing the proposal and is asking residents to share their views.
The website explains: “Gladman have over 30 years’ experience in the land and development industry. We are committed to bringing forward sustainable development and delivering additional benefits to Alfreton wherever possible.
“Please take a look at our initial proposals and let us know your thoughts. We are interested to understand what services and facilities in the local area could benefit from improvements and would value your contributions to help shape our plans for Alfreton.”
No further details regarding the proposal are available at this stage.
The website explains: “We are currently at the stage of preparing an outline planning application to support the residential development of this site. An outline planning application seeks permission for the principle of development on the site.
“More detailed considerations such as the appearance of the dwellings or landscaping planting plans will be subject to a further planning application known as ‘Reserved Matters’.”
However, the web page does say that the developers “will make financial contributions to facilitate additional capacity” for local services if they need to increase capacity to support the new residents.
It also says that specialist highways consultants will work with Derbyshire County Council to consider the potential impact on nearby roads.
The proposal has been met with concern by Save Alfreton Countryside campaign group, which last year fought against a proposal for a solar farm on neighbouring land.
A statement issued by the group said: “We are aghast at the latest potential intrusion into the much valued open space between Alfreton, Oakerthorpe and Shirland.
“The 185 homes sits just outside of what would have been the boundary for the Alfreton Solar Farm that was refused by His Majesty’s Planning Inspector in December 2022.
“We feel that many of the reasons the solar farm was refused apply equally in this case. For that reason, should this application be brought forward, we hope that the planning authority who defended their decision to refuse the solar farm, apply the same level of scrutiny to this application.”
You can view the web page and have your say on the proposal here.
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