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   Proposed development off Kedleston Road - Update 12     February 10, 2015

From Dr Paul Hodson, Chair, Quarndon Parish Council planning subcommittee 10.02.15

Although things seem to have gone quiet regarding the application for 400 homes off Kedleston Road there is quite a bit going on as all the paperwork associated with both the Outline Planning Application and the Proposed Core Strategy is gone through and further evidence and reports requested. The Inspector’s Report on the Core Strategy has been delayed and I do not have a date for that at the moment. The decision on the Planning Application is to be made at the April Amber Valley Borough Council Meeting – probably!

I have included some of the latest correspondence on the Planning Application below.

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings contacted AVBC on 10.12.14 to say:-

...we feel strongly that the location for the development of 400 homes ...will have too great a harmful impact on a landscape that is highly sensitive to change. It is also clear that any major development in such a sensitive location is likely to have a negative impact on the character of the Kedleston Conservation Area...

...wholeheartedly agree with the points that English Heritage and The National Trust have raised about the erosion of the agricultural character of the surrounding landscape and the adverse impact on the setting of The Hall and the visitor experience

Revised DCC response to AVBC on 11.12.14

DCC now confirms that following a recent project to expand The Ecclesbourne School to meet the demand from new housing in the school’s ‘normal area’, the school will remain full and unable accommodate the 60 secondary and 24 post 16 pupils generated by the proposed development. In addition the school is currently consulting on removing the area subject to this development from its ‘normal area’.

‘Amended plans’ have been submitted to AVBC, covering AVA/2014/0928, the proposal to build 400 houses off Kedleston Road

These consist largely of Consultant’s Reports commissioned by the applicants to attempt to rubbish the concerns raised by protesters. These reports can be accessed on the AVBC’s website (and have all been given the title of ‘Amended Plans’), a hard copy will be available at Amber Valley main reception in Ripley and also at Allestree Library. There will follow a period of consultation until 8th March 2015 during which time you can make any further comments.

The reports cover, amongst others, The Flooding Risk, The Ecology, Alternative Sites, Noise and Air Quality, needless to say they present their conclusions to favour the application.

On ‘Heritage’ Environmental Dimension Partnership states

‘...that English Heritage and others are not in a position to make the judgement that ‘the planning balance’ weighs against the grant of permission.’

Presumably The National Trust, the owners of Kedleston Hall are one of the others!

On ‘Transport’ Roger Brett Associates state that there would be 100 extra 2-way primary school trips during the AM (8-9) peak hour, of which 54 would be walking, bicycle or other! They go on to say that 46 extra vehicles during peak hour, above the current 9 (their figures), through Quarndon “is not considered significant” I would suggest that an extra 46 vehicles through Quarndon most likely between 8.40 and 8.55 - 1 every 20 seconds -  would be impossible.

Do try to access some of these reports and contact AVBC Planning Department where you have concerns and comments, remembering to quote AVA/2014/0928.

 

 

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