Catesby Estates, a developer, has submitted an outline planning application to Amber Valley Borough
Council for permission to build 195 dwellings in the Parish of Quarndon, on land off Kedleston Road.
Their earlier application to build 400 houses on this site and adjoining land was turned down by AV
Planning Board in July last year. Catesby Estates have appealed that decision and their appeal is due
to be heard starting on 19th July this year.
Your Parish Council supports National Policy regarding the provision of adequate housing, but
considers this site to be wholly inappropriate for development and therefore has written to AV
opposing this further application. Our opinion is that this proposal is good for neither the village nor
It is vital, if you have any concerns about the proposal, that you write personally to AVBC Planning Dept., Town Hall, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3BT, quoting AVA/2015/1243 detailing your views.
Note: this application is completely separate from the earlier application for 400 houses and you need to
make representations concerning this even if they are the same as you expressed over that previous
Some of the concerns you may have and may wish to mention in your letter could cover the following
points which I have raised in my submission to AV on behalf of the Parish Council.
Quarndon Parish Council Submission 27.01.16
Quarndon Parish Council objects to the outline planning application AVA/2015/1243 for permission to build 195 dwellings in the Parish of Quarndon, on land off Kedleston Road.
The application is without the built environment of the Village of Quarndon and is therefore contrary to
AVBC's saved policies H3 and H5.
The applicant breaches NPPF objectives in that the development would fail to
1. conserve and enhance the natural environment and open countryside
2. retain the best and most versatile agricultural land
Planning guidance includes the presumption against residential development on greenfield land and
especially high-grade agricultural land.
The site encompasses part of the flood plain for Markeaton Brook. Downstream, the residents of
Allestree in the Ypres Road area already suffer flooding of their homes a number of times a year. The
whole issue of flooding requires re-examination with current models to estimate risk having been
shown to be lacking up and down the country.
The demand for extra school places, Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form that the development would
generate cannot be resolved. Local schools in both Amber Valley and Derby City say they are
oversubscribed and without land on which they could expand to meet the required places.
Local Medical, Nursing and Dental facilities are all under pressure. The three local General Practices
have said they do not have the ability to expand to meet the demand for extra service provision.
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The evidence points to major disruption to the local transport network with the AM peak in particular
being grisly, with long queues on Kedleston Road and the parallel A52 and A6 as well as ‘rat runs’
through residential Allestree and Quarndon, the latter being largely without footpaths. There is no
solution put forward by the applicant to the acknowledged ‘pinch point’ at Five Lamps.
The application is contrary to policies EN32 and EN33 as planning permission should not be granted
for development proposals which will have an adverse effect on the nationally important historic
buildings, gardens & park of Grade 1 listed Kedleston Hall.