Affordable homes outweigh greenfields

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Councillors have approved plans for a development of 58 houses on greenfield land on the edge of Matlock.

The development, just off Chesterfield Road, will include at least 50 affordable homes .

Tim Braund, head of regulatory services at Derbyshire Dales District Council, said planning officers had weighed the benefits of affordable housing against the costs of building on green field land.

“Our officers felt that the benefits outweighed the costs and out members agreed,” he said.

“We need affordable housing and we are pleased that there will be some bungalows as well.”

As well as 40 two and three- bedroom houses the development, which will sit just south of Matlock Golf Course, opposite the methodist church, will include ten one and two-bedroom bungalows.

Among objections to the site were those of Matlock Civic Association, which stated:

- Brownfield sites should be developed before green fields

- The site is beyond the natural boundary for the developed area of Matlock

- The development is likely to be occupied by young families and the elderly yet the site is a long way from the shops and services of the town

A planning officers’ report to council read: “Amendments sought throughout the planning process have resulted in a scheme that will assimilate well into the environment.

“The use of terracing, a basic traditional form to the development, with breathing spaces within the site and associated landscaping will ensure the development is appropriate to this edge of settlement location.”

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