Proposals to develop several sites in Erewash have gone out for extensive public consultation as the Borough Council works to find land for more than 6,500 new homes over the next two decades in order to meet local needs and government targets.

Draft options for sites to meet the population’s housing needs feature in a report which went to Council Executive. At Full Council on 23 January councillors agreed on a recommendation that consultation is given the go-ahead.

A review to identify land to deliver the borough’s housing requirements has resulted in a list of preferred sites for the new builds, with the council’s first priority to make efficient use of brownfield and urban sites. But having now exhausted these sites, the review has concluded that four green belt sites will have to be released as draft options to meet the demand for new homes.

If the consultation gets the go-ahead, it will centre on the proposal to allocate the following sites for housing development over the next 17 years:
• Stanton Regeneration Site – 1,000 homes
• West Hallam Depot – 1,000 homes
• Land north of Lock Lane, Sawley – 300 homes
• Land west of Acorn Way (to extend the Oakwood district of Derby) – 600 homes
• Land north of Cotmanhay, near Cotmanhay Wood – 600 homes
• Land south west of Kirk Hallam, linked with new relief road – 600 homes

Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:

“We have preferred options for development in the Ilkeston and Long Eaton urban areas, as well as the opportunity for development within rural villages. A lot of work has gone into researching urban and brownfield sites, but having exhausted all the options we have no choice but to look at the green belt in order to provide housing in Erewash.

Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:

“Our careful and methodical approach focussing first on urban and brownfield sites means we will ensure that the majority of the green belt remains free from housing development. In reaching these draft options, many alternative sites proposed by landowners for development in the green belt have been rejected. A total of 11 sites were individually appraised and considered unsuitable for development.

“The need to meet government targets for providing housing is a major issue, but nothing will go ahead without us first asking the public and other partners for their views.”

If approved, details of the consultation with residents and other statutory consultees, such as utility providers and transport bodies, will be announced. The council would also ask neighbouring local planning authorities if they can provide alternative sites that are more sustainable than the suggested green belt options.