Plans aims to deliver ‘much needed housing’

NDET 16-7-13 RKH 2 Bernard Haigh from Bolsover Civic Society campaigning to save the greenfield land.
NDET 16-7-13 RKH 2 Bernard Haigh from Bolsover Civic Society campaigning to save the greenfield land.

Campaigners have objected to plans for a residential and commercial development in Bolsover with a proposed 360 homes and business units on a greenfield site.

Heyford Developments Ltd has submitted a planning application for the development off Langwith Road and Mooracre Lane to Bolsover District Council’s planning committee.

But Bolsover Civic Society has raised concerns the development will be on greenfield when another developer Bolsover Land Ltd has earmarked the polluted, brownfield former Coalite works site at nearby Shuttlewood to build 800 homes.

Society chairman Bernard Haigh said: “Residential building should be concentrated on Coalite before greenfield sites are considered. This site should be preferred to all others for development before agricultural land is taken.”

The society argued the development does not comply with council plans to develop brownfield sites and there is less need for industrial development with Markham Vale commerce park nearby and commercial plans for the Coalite site. The planning committee is due to consider the application. Heyford said plans will provide a quality development, employment and deliver needed housing and space in accordance with the council’s new plan.