‘Precedent’ fear over homes plan

Campaigners by the site of the planned Bentley Bridge housing development
Campaigners by the site of the planned Bentley Bridge housing development

Campaigners have hit out at plans to build 65 new homes on a green field site in Matlock.

The proposal, for Bentley Bridge site, Chesterfield Road, has been slammed by residents who fear the it could set a ‘dangerous precedent.’

Protesters have now formed action group - Friends of Bentley Bridge - and are calling on the district council to reject the application.

Hugh Fox, of Quarry Lane, said: “If these green fields are developed, there will be no natural boundary for Matlock and development could creep out on to Matlock Moor.

“We are also concerned that if planning permission is given then no other field between it and the centre of Matlock will be safe. It would set a dangerous precedent.”

Residents also criticised the scheme for only providing 11 per cent affordable housing.

But a spokesman for Wildgoose Construction, which is leading the plans, said: “We are proud to be able to bring forward what will be a real landmark development of high quality new homes.

“Due to the council having to meet government targets for housing, a proportion of new home sites are allocated on green field land.

“The key element to this site is that it is deliverable.”

He added the affordable homes were in-line with government policy.

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