Plans for 22 new homes criticised

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CONTROVERSIAL proposals to build 22 large new homes on the outskirts of Matlock have been recommended for rejection.

The application is for outline permission for three- and four-bedroom homes, each with double garages, on land next to Moorcroft, just off Chesterfield Road.

The proposals are due for discussion at Derbyshire Dales District Council next month, but Matlock Town Council voted against the plans at a recent meeting, claiming it was an important piece of land.

The vacant plot site lies beyond the Moorcroft cul-de-sac and access would have to be through the usually-quiet street.

Covering a hectare, there are plans for 15 four-plus bedroom homes and seven three-bedroom homes. Seven of those proposed would be affordable housing.

Each building would be made of natural stone with blue slate roofing, and the open market homes would each have two parking spaces.

The application statement reads: “It is no longer suitable for agricultural use and has been disused for many years and is now overgrown.

“There are several mature trees around the edge of the site, some of which are in a poor condition.

“The site lies on the edge of the ‘settlement framework boundary’ of Matlock as defined in the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan.

“Whilst the site is not allocated for housing development, it forms a logical extension to the housing area.

“In view of the current difficulty in the provision of a five-year housing supply, this site will provide a readily developable site to help address any shortfall.”

The deadline for public comments on the application passed last week, and there are some who have spoken against the proposals.

One nearby resident, who did not want to be named, said people are concerned about issues including access and drainage.

He said “It’s not housing per se, it’s the scale of the development essentially, which could set a precedent for building on the fringe of Matlock.

“We have tried hard not to be looking at this as a nimby road, we have tried to spell out some of the residents’ concerns.”

Matlock Town Council’s Cllr Geoff Stevens, who also sits on the planning committee at Derbyshire Dales District Council said: “Over the years there have been debates about this area of land and whether it should be left as open space or should be developed.

“It’s been on the cards for a long time but obviously the decision lies with the district council.”