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Councillors object to 485 village homes plan

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 03, 2014

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A PLAN to build almost 500 homes in a South Derbyshire village has been objected by councillors.

Hilton Parish Council declared its opposition to a plan to create a new estate on former Ministry of Defence land in the village at its latest public meeting.

Members raised concerns about the number of homes being proposed by developer St Modwen, the lack of a secondary school in the plans as well as issues surrounding traffic and flooding.

Along with 485 homes, St Modwen wants to build a two-form primary school, a retail development, a doctors’ surgery and a raft of other community facilities on 91 acres of land surrounding Hilton Business Park, west of the A5132 Egginton Road.

But the authority has been left baffled by the exclusion of a secondary school, claiming the nearby John Port School, in Etwall, would not be able to cope with the influx of new pupils.

Concerns over the lack of school provision and traffic the new development would bring have also been raised by villagers, as well as the need for more facilities such as pubs and shops.

A spokesman for the parish council said: “There were numerous reasons for the objection, one being the fact there will be 485 houses – 100 more than we were initially told.

“There is also the fact that, although there is provision planned for a primary school, there is no extra provision for secondary school pupils. Where are they going to go? John Port is already full.”

If approved, the development would be expected to take around 10 years to complete.

The plans have been submitted to South Derbyshire District Council, with a decision expected to be delivered by April.

The spokesman suggested the village would not be able to cope with the new estate, adding: “There is no infrastructure in the village – that’s what the parish council has a problem with.”

St Modwen said the issues raised had been ‘taken into consideration’.

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