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   Response to Amber Valley Borough Council    February 27, 2015

From Dr Paul Hodson, Chair, Quarndon Parish Council planning subcommittee 27.02.15 The Parish Council at its meeting on 23 February agreed to submit the following comments to Amber Valley’s Planning Department regarding the application to build up to 400 houses off Kedleston Road. AVA/2014/0928 400 Houses off Kedleston Rd.

We are disappointed by the ‘Amended Plans’ which appear to consist of superficial rebuttals of concerns raised by objectors to the original application Schooling Following a revised response from DCC it is now apparent that neither Curzon Primary nor Ecclesbourne Secondary Schools will have any capacity or ability to expand. Schooling will need to be found elsewhere for 80 primary, 60 secondary and 24 post-16 pupils.

1779516 Flood risk We remain sceptical of the claim by the applicant that this development will mitigate the current flood risk to properties downstream which are suffering the misery of their properties being flooded every year. We consider that making the majority of this site impermeable will have a disastrous effect downstream and is unsustainable. If the application were approved we would wish to see a robust scheme approved by DCC and The Environment Agency and with a rigorous ongoing programme to monitor its operation and proper maintenance.

1779517 Heritage Another of the applicant’s Consultants says that “English Heritage and others” are not in a position to make the judgement that “the planning balance ....weighs against the grant of permission.” We believe that English Heritage, The National Trust and The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, amongst others, are exactly the bodies whose voices should be heard and their opinions given the weight they deserve.

1779518 Transport Quarndon residents will find it incredible that one of the Consultants commissioned by the applicant could state that an extra 46 vehicles driving into Quarndon on the morning primary school run “is not considered significant”. Villagers would agree – not significant – impossible. The effect on the Village is unsustainable. The effect on the local transport network of an extra 350 2-way person trips over AM and PM peak hours (the same consultant’s figures) would be unsustainable.

1779519 Landscape Appraisal The report states “The Application Site is not, nor has ever been designated for its landscape qualities at any level ...landscape is an holistic concept, which includes built up areas as well as open countryside.” The report misses the point that this landscape contributes massively to the pastoral setting of the Hall, Gardens and Park and to the whole visitor experience and will be irretrievably damaged by this development., Furthermore, far from mitigating the adverse impact of the proposed development on the setting of this Historic Hall, the applicant is planning in 1779520 (Design & Access Statement) to build many large 5-bedroom, three-storey houses with 10.5 metre ridge heights in the centre of the development.

We believe this development is inappropriate and unsustainable.

Remember, if you wish to comment on this planning application, you have until 8th March to do so.

Responses should be submitted:-

By post to: The Planning Department, Amber Valley Borough Council, Town Hall, Ripley, DE5 3XE or

By email to development@ambervalley.gov.uk

Please quote “AVA/2014/0928” on all of your correspondence.

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