A DEVELOPMENT in a South Derbyshire village that will include 66 houses and two football pitches has been given the green light.
Work on the project at land off Chesnut Avenue in Midway, is set to begin shortly and will also include a sports hall, car park and play area.
The plans were welcomed by the planning committee of South Derbyshire District Council at its latest meeting.
Speaking at the meeting, Mark Sweet, technical director at Strata Homes Midlands Ltd, which will carry out the work, said: “The development of this site will bring a diverse mix of housing and will also bring significant improvements to recreational facilities.”
He said it would also create jobs locally as sub-contractors would be used for some of the work.
He said: “We are also promoting the enhancement and improvements of two football fields, 48 car parking spaces and the changing rooms.
“We intend to start work as soon as possible when planning permission is granted.”
Councillor Paul Dunn, who represents the Midway ward, said: “For decades people in Midway have been asking for somewhere they can meet and have community facilities.
“We are gaining a community centre that will be used by everyone.
“Nobody likes the fact that 66 houses are going in but if they provide facilities that the community can use then I think it’s a price worth paying.
“The people of Midway deserve it.”
The councillors approved the planning application which received a number of objections from residents about loss of green space, increased pressure on schools, road safety issues and the impact on the environment.
The 1.6-hectare site already has one football pitch on it which is used by Midway Football Club, as well as a changing pavilion, parking area, multi-use games area and children’s play facility.
A new sports and community building is included as part of the plans.
The football pitches will cater for junior and senior teams.
The development will include five two-bed homes, 47 three-bed and 14 four-bed houses.
Councillor Martyn Ford praised the scheme, and told Mr Sweet if it was like other Strata developments he had seen then it would be a ‘top asset for the community’.