12:28 Monday 09 December 2013

Housing plan could help create more than 600 new jobs

Written byROB SMYTH

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MORE than 600 new construction jobs will be created if proposals for a new housing development are given the go-ahead.

Developers St Modwen has applied to South Derbyshire District Council to build up to 306 new homes on land in Church Street, Church Gresley, in partnership with site owner Beepart Ltd, a subsidiary of Dyson Group PLC.

The ambitious project to transform the former clay works into new houses across a 30 acre site could see the construction industry in the area handed a massive jobs boost.

Plans have been submitted to the district council in response to the publication of its draft Core Strategy Plan and following feedback from residents at a public exhibition earlier in 2013.

Julie Rossiter, senior asset manager at St Modwen, said: “The constructive feedback we received at the consultation event earlier this year has informed our master plan for the development in Church Gresley.

“The scheme has been designed to offer sustainable living that contributes to the district’s housing supply requirements.

“Residents were also particularly keen to see improved educational amenities as part the proposals.

“We have taken these views on board and incorporated plans for a parcel of land to be utilised as an extension for St George’s Primary School.

“The residential element of the development will deliver a high quality environment, adjacent to existing homes and good connectivity to local amenities, bringing social and environmental benefits to the Church Gresley area.”

The application meets the district’s need for additional housing by providing up to 306 homes.

As previously reported, it will also facilitate the relocation of Gresley FC from the Moat ground to Bridge Street.

Mark Lomas, property director at Dyson, said: “We’re pleased to be submitting planning for the latest stage of development at Church Gresley, as part of our joint venture agreement with St Modwen.

“The scheme represents an opportunity to create a new residential community with enhanced educational facilities in the village and we look forward to seeing the project progress.”

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