65 new homes approved for Bentley Bridge

A housing development on the boundary of Matlock has been approved amid fears that increased traffic from it will be an ‘accident waiting to happen’.

Members of Derbyshire Dales District Council’s Central and Northern Area Planning Committee gave 65 new homes at Bentley Bridge the go-ahead in a meeting on Tuesday.

However concerns have been raised about the location of the development, which is on greenfield land accessed from Chesterfield Road.

Speaking in the meeting, resident Janice Burley, of Lumsdale Terrace, said: “You would have to own a car to live up there.

“There’s already too much traffic in that area, if you have ever stood there when the school is coming and going it’s an accident waiting to happen.

“There’s been 63 accidents along that stretch leading up to Chesterfield in the last few years.

“If you’re looking at 60 houses, you’re looking at 120 cars.”

Julian Burgess, of the Arkwright Society, expressed concern about the proximity of the development to the nearby historic Lumsdale Mills.

“The danger of this unique place being overlooked by modern development is not to be ignored,” he said.

The locally–based developers, Wildgoose Construction, will be meeting the council’s requirement for 45 per cent affordable homes, with 25 per cent of the homes they build being affordable a financial contribution to make up the further 20 per cent.

Jon Bradbury, development control manager for the council, said: “A financial contribution gives the council a degree of flexibility in the future.”

He said the money could go onto be used for affordable housing at another site.

Paul Wilson, corporate director of planning and housing services for the authority, reminded councillors that if they were to refuse the planning application there was a danger of losing out if the developers appealed to the planning inspector.

Councillor Sue Burfoot commented: “I think the residents in this area of Matlock have been sold up the road.”

She questioned whether the developer’s financial contribution towards affordable housing was likely to be used in Matlock.