FURTHER details of a plan that will shape the future landscape of South Derbyshire have been revealed.
A number of priorities for several villages have now been disclosed as part of South Derbyshire District Council’s Local Plan.
The draft plan, which outlines the locations of new homes, employment sites and potential new infrastructure, including schools and roads, is focused on ‘protecting and enhancing the rural character’ in areas such as Castle Gresley and Overseal.
Other objectives include improving accessibility by sustainable transport methods, securing improved water quality at the River Mease and maintaining a ‘physical separation’ between Burton and Swadlincote.
The plan say that Castle Gresley and Rosliston is denoted as ‘key villages’ with Linton described as a ‘local village’ and Lullington, Netherseal, Walton on Trent, Cauldwell, Coton in the Elms and Drakelow dubbed ‘rural villages’.
Other proposals include new industrial and business provision, small farm diversification and the establishment of cycleways and trails across the whole area.
The plan also shows that efforts are being investigated to protect the railway lines and land, which used to be the Burton to Leicester railway line,as they might be need for the development of a National Forest passenger rail service at Castle Gresley.
Council chiefs are also hoping to push through the redevelopment of the former Drakelow Power Station site.
Fears have been raised about the impact developments such as Drakelow could have on roads such as the A444, a matter which could be alleviated with the improvement of transport links in the area in the future.
Residents are still being asked to have their say during the final round of consultation on district council’s Local Plan document.
Dealing specifically with sustainability, the draft plan offers proposals to meet high levels of predicted growth up until 2028.
Residents can have their say on the proposals until November 22.
People can comment on the plans online by heading to www.ldf.consultations.south-derbys.gov.uk