North East Derbyshire District Council has moved to reassure residents in Tupton that the development of Ankerbold Road will benefit the village and that local people’s concerns have been listened to.
Local Members raised issues with the development at the June Council meeting. Since then the Council has commissioned an independent review from a respected firm of solicitors with a wealth of experience in public sector law. Having reviewed all available information including representations from the area, the independent review has given the scheme a clean bill of health.
During the planning and pre planning process, the developer listened to local people’s worries about the number of dwellings allocated to the site and reduced the number of homes from 225 to 193, giving the site a more open feel and dedicating 15% of the development to public open space.
The site is due to make way for a new housing development that will see a mix of housing including a number of 2 and 3 bedroom bungalows, with 20% of the site being allocated for affordable homes. As part of the development the local community of Tupton will see a number of benefits including:
- Affordable homes to assist children and grandchildren of the people who live in and want to stay in Tupton.
- To help first time buyers get on to the property ladder. There will be a number of shared ownership properties and the site will be supported by the Help to Buy Scheme.
- The construction of bungalows will assist in filling a demand for local people with mobility needs, freeing up family homes in Tupton.
- The site will include a number of environmental benefits that will see greenways/pedestrian links throughout the site affording a natural play space for local families to enjoy. It will benefit from an increase in the biodiversity with bat and bird boxes with a range of other habitats being created for wildlife.
- During the five-year build programme the developer will target 60% of the total project spend within 20 miles of the site giving employment opportunities to local tradespeople.
- Approximately £1.38m will be invested in the village as follows:
- £74k in health care
- £216k in primary education
- £498k in secondary education
- £223k in post 16 education
- £371k in highways infrastructure
- Local companies will be targeted to undertake the maintenance of the landscaping shared spaces within the development.
- Employment opportunities for young people including work experience, placement positions, apprenticeships and careers events with local schools throughout the project.