Plans in place for 185 new homes in Alfreton

Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves

Fri 12th January 2024

Plans for a development of 185 new homes in Alfreton are currently up for decision by Amber Valley Borough Council.
Applicant Gladman Developments Ltd has submitted a planning application to AVBC for outline planning for the erection of up to 185 dwellings on land West of Chesterfield Road, in Alfreton.
The site, which is currently fields, is situated behind the Grade II* Listed Building of St Martin’s Church and is near to the Grade II Listed Building of Alfreton Hall as well as near to the Alfreton Conservation Area.
The initial planning application was registered with AVBC on October 17, and an amendment, which appears to be regarding the description of the proposal, was made on January 3.
The description of the proposals, according to the AVBC website, now states: “Outline planning for the erection of up to 185 dwellings including affordable housing, with public open space, landscaping, sustainable drainage system (SUDs) and vehicular access. All matters reserved except for access (May affect Public Rights of Way and setting of the Listed Building(s) and character of the Conservation Area).”

The Spirit of Alfreton previously reported that Gladman carried a public consultation last year about their plans to build a housing development on the site – read more here

Within the Design and Access Statement, which accompanies this planning application, a representative of the applicant said of ‘the vision’ of the development: “The overall vision for the site is to deliver a distinctive and high quality development with a strong sense of place, embracing and reflecting the character of Alfreton.
“The development will create up to 185 dwellings with associated public open space, which provides a choice of housing to meet the needs of the area, whilst respecting and enhancing the site’s environmental assets.
“It will also promote the use of sustainable transport and connect into the existing road network of Alfreton. Housing will be set within a robust green infrastructure with generous open space and retained features. This will help to integrate development into the landscape. Materials and detailing will be used sensitively to assist in creating a strong sense of place.”
The representative continued: “The application includes a number of beneficial elements for the existing and proposed members of the community, as follows: Land for 185 new dwellings including affordable housing provision; A new vehicular access point into the site from the A61 Chesterfield Road with cycle and pedestrian links onto Chesterfield Road and Church Street; Retained Public Rights of Way footpath routes adjacent to the site providing new connections from the new residential areas to the wider countryside and right of way network; Two new areas dedicated for children and young people, to include equipped play areas of 500m2, provision for young people at 600m2 (to be confirmed by Amber Valley BC); A Green Infrastructure (GI) network of new landscape areas and retained habitats comprising woodland, hedgerows, trees, open space and sustainable drainage (SuDS).”

The anticipated decision date for this planning application, according to the AVBC website, is February 29 this year.
Many comments have been submitted to AVBC by members of the public about this planning application – mainly in objection to the development. They can be read in full by going to here and entering the planning reference: AVA/2023/0764

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