These are the 118 ‘horrible’ houses which will be built in Stapleford
An artists’ impression of the homes at Field Farm
The company behind a controversial development in Stapleford which was branded ‘horrible’ by a councillor has fired back – releasing images of the ‘attractive, well-built homes’.
Yesterday, it was revealed that the Government had decided to override a decision made by Broxtowe Borough Council in April 2016 to refuse a planning application for 118 homes on farmland.
The council had said “significant and demonstrable harm” would be done to the site because of poor design.
But Jonathan Price, a planning inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to make the final decision, said he considered the design and layouts to be “generally acceptable”.
And now, Robert Westerman, of W Westerman Ltd, who will be building the houses on Field Farm in Ilkeston Road, has defended the plans for the development.
He said: “The decision from the inspector comes after a long planning process. The style of housing was set out during the outline application process in a very comprehensive planning document, which was subject to full scrutiny by the council during the council’s public consultation process. A fact that the inspector commented upon.”
Mr Westerman said the company were now looking toward the future and starting work on “attractive, well-built homes” and also highlighted the section 106 agreement, which involves the developers paying money towards local schemes.
“We have been building houses for 84 years in and around Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, and are proud of the contribution we have been able to make to people’s lives in providing much needed homes of all types, two, three and four-bedroom semi detached and detached houses,” he added.
Locals had expressed their dismay at yesterday’s decision, with Broxtowe Borough Councillor Richard MacRae saying the plans would see “118 horrible houses” built on the site.
He added: “There is nothing for the community planned on the site and the development is just a load of houses in a field that don’t fit the area and are not very nice.
“Local people did not like the design and it is disgusting that this is going to go ahead.”
The plans were first mooted back in 2011, which sparked a battle between the councils and the building company.
Residents say they are all the more unhappy now the plans have been approved to go ahead.
Fiona Twigg, 39, of Goodwin Road, said: “More houses means the traffic is going to be really bad. There were lots of accidents before, and there will be even more now.”
Housekeeper Ann Lyder, 59, of Balfour Road, added: “I don’t think it should be built until they’ve used up all the brown belt. They should do up the empty houses, so they don’t need any greenbelt land.”
Retired builder Mick Ward, 78 of Brook Road said: “It’s no good. It is too damp to live there because of the underground springs. If anyone decides to live there, God help them.”