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Housing plans greeted with scorn by residents in Winshill

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 26, 2014

By Laura Hammond

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PROPOSALS to build 100 homes on fields between Winshill and Newton Solney have met with vehement opposition from the surrounding community.

Barratt Homes is hoping to build on land next to the Dalebrook estate in Winshill, much to the dismay of residents who believe it would be completely inappropriate for the area.

Their campaign has already been supported by Newton Solney Parish Council, and, this week, Winshill Parish Council threw their support into the ring as well.

At their latest meeting Councillor Dennis Fletcher said: "I am happy to support residents all the way. We are against this plan and we oppose it for the same reasons as Newton Solney."

The neighbouring parishes agree they are against this development in the countryside, which they say will put excessive pressure on services, drains and highways.

Dawn Dolling, who spoke at the meeting on behalf of the residents of Dalebrook, said: "They are selling this as using the facilities in Winshill and nowhere else, even though it's in Derbyshire. And we would get the highways impact."

It is the second time in less than a year that this patch of land has been subject to planning proposals. David Wilson Homes expressed interest about building on the site in September. A planning application was not registered with South Derbyshire District Council.

Opposition to the plans were strong at the time, and remain so now.

Parish councillor Penny Perry said: "They are going to be in Derbyshire, so everything will go to Derbyshire and all we will get is the traffic.

"We agree that we need more houses in Winshill, but not on this site."

An application has not yet been sent to South Derbyshire District Council, but it is understood it may be submitted in the autumn.

Though this area is not allocated for development in the council's local plan, the document has not been formally adopted, and carried less weight as a result.

Councillors in Winshill voted unanimously to support residents in their opposition to the plans ahead of the submission.

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