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The site of Stanton Ironworks has had an influence on Ilkeston for the last 250 years and it seems as though plans for its regeneration have been going on for at least that long.
The site has lain dormant since 2007 and matters seemed to be moving in the right direction a couple of years back when owners Saint-Gobain put forward a plan for a 2,000-home new village at the 470-acre site. But this was finally withdrawn by the French firm following almost 200 letters of objection and advice from Erewash Borough Council planning officers that it was likely to fail on a number of points.
Officers put forward 11 reasons for refusing the application, including failure to outline how traffic increases would be dealt with, failure to provide an amount and mix of employment development and failure to deliver green infrastructure including an appropriate wildlife corridor. But now, in an attempt to pre-empt any more unsuitable applications, Erewash Borough Council has put forward a supplementary planning document (SPD) which sets out the kind of development its planning department would like to see at the site. The SPD includes: – Around 2,000 homes – A 10-hectare business park
– At least 10-hectares of land for general industry – A neighbourhood centre – At least 20-hectares of wild space and recreation area Councillor Chris Corbett, leader of Erewash Borough Council, said: “Stanton is the most important development site in Erewash and this masterplan is aimed at addressing all the issues that surround it and to clearly set out the expectations we have to provide a quality redevelopment for residents of this borough.
We have worked hard to produce a plan that will remove any uncertainty for developers and will be a guide to help them put together future planning applications that are likely to be successful.” Ian Sankey, director for resources at Erewash Borough Council, said the Stanton site was crucial for the council and for residents and would provide housing and employment. He added: “The most important thing is to try and attract developers – and give certainty to them of what the council is looking for. “If a developer brings forward an application in-line with the SPD it is likely the developer would secure permission.” During a meeting of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive to discuss the SPD councillors agreed it was vital that the borough put forward brownfield sites such as Stanton for housing in order to avoid the loss of its greenbelt while attempting to meet Government targets for housing stock in Erewash during the next 25 years.
Coun Corbett said: “This affects the whole borough because if brownfield sites are not built on we will find it increasingly hard to deny applications for greenfield sites.” Councillor Carol Hart, member for West Hallam and Dale Abbey, said the council had to abide by its core strategy for development in the borough. She added: “We need to have something in place. If we do not provide housing we will be endangering our green belt. “This has to happen because if it does not it will impact the whole of Erewash.” One of the reasons that planning officers gave for the last planning application’s likely failure was that Saint-Gobain had not shown how it would address the traffic increase which the development would create. In its SPD Erewash Borough Council has included a number of off-site junction improvements to maintain the flow of traffic in the general area. They include two new roundabouts, road widening in Trowell and full signalisation of the double mini-roundabout in Stapleford. During the document’s formulation the council had considered the building of various relief roads. But the SPD states: “None have been taken forward. “In particular, many interventions only relieve one area by increasing problems elsewhere.” Instead the SPD suggests that any potential developer should create a substantial fund to address the impact that increased traffic levels would have on the surrounding neighbourhoods. Coun Corbett told the Tiser: “Managing traffic outside the site is a big and expensive job. “We are talking with the county council and highways but this is not something you can do quickly. “It is not the job of the borough to build roads but perhaps the answer is to build another road. “The traffic issue could be a big problem for Stanton but maybe not for a developer.” Councillors unanimously agreed to approve the SPD at the council’s executive committee meeting. The draft document will now be subject of a six-week public consultation before a final version is drawn up, informed by feedback from the public. It will then go before full council for consideration on 15th December. Coun Corbett said: “This gives developers some degree of certainty. “I would like to see 2,000 houses, a business park and a community centre. “But we also need to look at improving traffic flow at the site, so we will be asking landowners, residents and parish councillors to comment and come up with their ideas.” Details of the start of the consultation will be announced by the council shortly. To view the draft SPD visit http://moderngov.erewash.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=104&MId=1540&Ver=4
People who dress as ‘goths’ will be protected by police as part of new legislation involving hate crimes, Derbyshire Constabulary has said.
The strand of hate crime, known as alternative subculture, can now be recorded as an aggravating feature in hate crimes and is now equal to race, religion, disability, homophobia and transgender. The force has been working with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation to tackle issues relating to hate crimes.
The Sophie Lancaster Foundation was set up following the death of Sophie in August 2007. Sophie was attacked, along with her boyfriend, for the way that they dressed. The foundation focuses on creating respect for and understanding of subcultures in the community. Assistant Chief Constable Bill McWilliam said: “Crimes based on hatred must never be tolerated and Derbyshire Constabulary, together with partner agencies and communities, will do all we can to tackle all forms of hate crime. “The tragic death of Sophie Lancaster is a moving reminder to us all how important our combined efforts are. As a force we are ensuring that we fully understand hate crime and we will be recording alternative subculture should this be an aggravating feature in any incident.” The popular Bloodstock Festival is being held in Catton Park, Derbyshire this weekend and they have a dedicated stage entitled the ‘Sophie Lancaster Stage’ to show their support to the foundation.
Sylvia Lancaster OBE said: “After my unique daughter Sophie was brutally murdered because she chose to express her individuality I vowed to create a lasting legacy to her. Derbyshire police has become the 12th Police Authority in England to record and monitor ‘alternative subculture’, hate crime is a huge part of that legacy and our aim at the charity is to work to have the legislation extended. “Through Derby Homes we delivered training across Derby city in June and on our last day we were delighted to hear the police and crime commissioner pledge along with the chief constable that they would make lives safer for the alternative community living in and visiting Derbyshire. The additional support that will be offered to victims of hate crimes and incidents is significant. “The announcement of that important change near to the weekend of Bloodstock Festival is a very proud moment for us and the organisers, artists and especially the festival attendees, the metallers, who support us so loyally finally getting the promise we made to them, to make their community safer.
“I personally urge anyone who experiences abuse, verbal or physical, to call 101 (or 999 in an emergency) and report it as a hate crime.”
A man has spine and neck injuries after being cut out of his car following a eight car collision this morning.
No one was seriously hurt during the collision which blocked the road this morning (Tuesday) at 7.20am at the Bardills Island roundabout, Stapleford .
A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said: “It is an eight-car crash that doesn’t appear to be too serious but it has blocked the road.
“One person had to be cut from their car but the rest of people are just walking wounded.”
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said one male was cut out of the car and was taken to hospital with back and neck injuries.
A subsequent car fire also took place at the island and Derbyshire Police were on hand to put out the Mini – which was described as ‘well alight’ – with a hose jet and breathing apparatus.