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Amber Valley SOS

March 10, 2013


We at Amber Valley SOS (in Derbyshire) are very concerned that there is a ‘loophole’ between the ‘presumption in favour of sustainable development’ for planning applications when the NPPF’s one year period of transition (to allow councils to put their Local Plans in place) expires in the very near future. (see link below)
Our council (Amber Valley Borough Council) are nowhere near to production of an updated Local Plan. This is a major cause for concern as we feel that we are now at the mercy of developers.
Please note that the following proposal was given outline permission by the LPA very recently- 500 new homes are going to be built on beautiful countryside and woodland at Outseats Farm, Alfreton, Derbyshire-near to the picturesque Carnfield Hall.
The area in question is a much loved and much used public open space. A village green application has been submitted, but we do not hold out much hope-due to the ‘horrible’ Growth and Infrastructure Bill.
Also note that the vote by the AVBC Planning Board was 6 conservative councillors for the development, 5 labour councillors against the development with 1 conservative abstention.
It is our opinion, that applications similar to these in our borough, will be passed for political purposes and without the application by councillors of the necessary planning principles and the thorough consideration of sustainability issues.
We hope that the OSS can also support the concerns flagged up by CPRE and the National Trust in order to counter this disgraceful state of affairs.
Kind regards,
Jonathan (on behalf of Amber Valley SOS).



One Comment leave one →
  1. March 17, 2013 9:12 pm

    Anyone living in the East of Amber Valley will soon have to take a car ride before they can ramble, 9,000 new houses in a 3.5 mile radius on the most heavily built up areas of Amber Valley is sheer insanity

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