We don’t need more housing

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Obviously the public’s grievances will be as normal disregarded, but I feel I must comment on the monstrous proposals to erect 179 homes off Asker Lane in Matlock.

Currently this is a beautiful green belt and a haven for a badger set, numerous wildlife and offers some of Matlock’s most stunning views.

Not so very long ago the whole of Asker Lane was green fields. I and many others including frequent dog walkers use this area. It really is a place of beauty, and to see it possibly transformed and filled with yet more housing beggars belief.

Whilst it might generate work in the short term, long term it will offer no real benefit.

How will the schools and local doctors handle the extra foot flow? And more importantly, just where are all these new people going to work?

Certainly not in the local area. Over the past twenty five-thirty years we’ve seen much of the area’s manufacturing disappear, with Cobb Slater at Daley Dale being the latest casualty. I wonder, what will be appearing on that site in the not too distant future??

Whilst I respect those who work in bars, restaurants and other part-time posts, what Matlock really needs is some serious investment, not local planners rubber-stamping more housing projects/food outlets for golden handshakes.

Yes, we need places to inhabit, but we’ve been house-building in and around the town for many years now and I feel it’s about time to put the brakes on. I understand land is precious but we have an ideal site for such investment. It’s called Cawdor Quarry.

The area used to be a hive of opportunity, has good access and a train link, is well hidden from view and has ample space to house several high profile companies.

Let’s utilise this space for future employment and block stealing what precious green fields we have left.

To local government and central government the message is very clear.

Stop treating the local community with contempt and stop conning us we need more housing. We don’t!

Controlling the population might be a better plan.

Roy Goodall

Matlock