A SOUTH Derbyshire village will be unable to cope with the development of 100 homes, it is feared.
Officials in Repton have slammed proposals to build the houses on land off Longlands.
An application for an initial 40 homes has been lodged, with a further 60 thought to be in the pipeline.
Should the plan go ahead, it would be one of the biggest developments Repton has ever faced.
Parish councillors insist they could accept the arrival of 40 homes on the land, but any additional development would cause significant problems for the village.
Concerns have been raised that the village’s roads will not be able to cope with the extra traffic the development would bring, while there are fears such a large development would begin to erode Repton’s small village status, while seeing it edge towards neighbouring Milton.
There are also fears the development would put a strain on Repton’s schools and that sewage works in Milton would be unable to cope with additional homes.
Chris Jerram, who chaired the latest meeting of Repton Parish Council, said: “The current application on Longlands (for 40 homes) is more than enough – 100 houses is too much.
“The scheme should be in keeping with previous developments in the village, this is not in keeping. It is bigger than Repton has ever had and will see up creep towards Milton. We love them dearly but we don’t want to be together.
“We’re saying 40 houses is reasonable, but we know they are going to come back with another application. Repton is one of the smallest villages to be getting 100 houses, it’s far too many.”
Michael Stanton, who represents the village on South Derbyshire District Council, said villagers may have to accept the development such is the need for more housing in the district.
He said: “There is a requirement for us to meet the five-year plan. Wherever they go there will be problems. If we don’t put 100 houses in Repton, we will have to put them in Harsthorne instead. They will have to go somewhere.”