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MoD homes site project could take up to 10 years

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 21, 2014

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BOSSES behind plans to build a new housing development on a former Ministry of Defence (MoD) site in South Derbyshire have revealed that the work could take 10 years to complete.

Senior officials at developer St Modwen spoke at length after it submitted an outline planning application to South Derbyyshire District Council to build 485 homes on the site near The Mease, in Hilton.

The application follows a public consultation in November, during which residents were given the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposals for the site.

Richard Hickman, planning manager at St Modwen, said: “We are pleased to have submitted an outline planning application for the redevelopment of the former MoD site at Hilton into a mixed-use environment, following what was a well-received public consultation event.

“The project will be undertaken in phases, with a lifespan of approximately 10 years until completion.

“The redevelopment will create a truly mixed-use environment, redeveloping the area which is currently a mix of industrial and open storage to provide a new primary school, housing and employment opportunities.

“The new 420-place primary school will be built in two phases and will help to relieve pressure on existing primary school provision, together with healthcare and neighbourhood convenience retail facilities.

“The proposals include up to 485 new homes, which will allow the development to make a substantial financial contribution towards secondary school provision.

“This was identified as key by many at the consultation event.”

A decision on the plans is expected from councillors by April, following a planning meeting.

Hilton Parish Council is due to discuss the plans at its next meeting on Wednesday, January 29, at the village hall.

Members of the public are invited to attend.

It is the second major development planned for the area, with a consultation on proposals for a huge rail hub at nearby Etwall due to begin in March.

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