13:40 Wednesday 18 December 2013

The fight is not over as Linton homes appeal

Written byHELEN KREFT

APPLAUSE filled the room as councillors unanimously voted to reject plans for 110 homes in Linton – but happiness may be short-lived.

Members of Linton Village Action Group attended South Dertbyshire District Council’s planning committee yesterday night to see councillors disagree with their planning officer’s recommendation to approve the controversial plans.

However, applicants, Gladman Developments said today that it will be appealing against the refusal, which will take the decision out of the hands of local councillors.

Brian Wolsey, a member of LVAG, spoke on behalf of the protesters at the meeting to tell the committee: “Linton is not a sustainable location. There is nowhere to work, no doctors, no shopping close by, no secondary school, the primary school is almost full.

“I suggest that in two years time when our local plan is in place no serious consideration would be given to it so why is such as speculative and ill conceived housing proposal being given?”

Tim Dean, planning and development manager at Gladman Developments said: “This is a sustainable location. Around 160 people will be living here supporting the economic vitality of the borough.

“There are no technical matters on which this proposal should be refused.”

He added that the Secretary of State has already given permission for much smaller similar developments.

The committee was also told that the equivalent of 50 construction jobs would be created and £815,000 would be given to the council for its New Homes Bonus.

Robert Wheeler, who represents Linton on the district council, was concerned that just beyond the access was a corner and it is a fast road. He also mentioned the nearest school was 3km away and that journey would be done by car.

He added: “There is no employment in Linton so every person in that development will be driving to Swadlincote or Burton.”

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