A DEVELOPMENT which could bring hundreds homes to former Ministry of Defence land in South Derbyshire will be bigger than first thought.
A proposal to create a major new estate on land in Hilton now comprises of 485 homes - 60 more than when the plans were put out to consultation in November.
Developer St Modwen also 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.
Reopening an entrance to the business park from the busy route is also being explored.
During the Second World War, more than 7,000 military vehicles were stored in the area.
The plans have now been submitted to South Derbyshire District Council, with a decision expected to be delivered by April.
Hilton Parish Council is due to discuss the plans at its next meeting on January 29, at the village hall, which 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 Etwall due to begin in March.
A consultation with residents in Hilton in November was said to have been generally positive, though St Modwen said concerns were raised about traffic, how secondary schools would cope and the need for more facilities such as shops and pubs.
A design and planning statement on behalf of the firm said: “The overall view was a positive one, with housing and a new school considered to be an improvement on the existing industrial uses. Younger, family groups were generally interested in the prospect of a new school and welcomed its arrival.
“The issues raised have been considered in detail.”