HUNDREDS of people attended a public exhibition which displayed plans to build more than 100 homes in a South Derbyshire village.
The proposals by developer Bloor Homes include building 100 houses close to Willington Road and Sutton Lane, in Etwall, extending the cemetery and relocating the cricket pitch from Sutton Lane to Willington Road.
At the exhibition, held at Sir Frank Wickham Hall, some welcomed the proposals, while others were concerned about an increase in traffic and a lack of space at John Port School.
Connie Hind, of Pine Close, said: “We are going to need another school because it is not big enough to take any more. We don’t have the facilities for many more.”
Malcolm Yarnold, 82, who lives in Bellfield in Etwall, said: “There is not enough details about what they are going to build. Not everything turns out like the glossy brochure.
“There will be around 200 extra cars but the roads are narrow, which could cause accidents.”
John Lemmon, who represents the Etwall ward on South Derbyshire District Council said the homes were needed, but that he had concerns about traffic and felt alternative access was needed to prevent people using Lawn Avenue as a shortcut.
There were also concerns over the number of houses. Brian Martin, 75, of Grove Park, said: “It says circa 100 houses, but that could mean more.”
He added the new development could create traffic problems in an already congested area.
The proposals are currently under public consultation until September 20, and no planning application has been submitted as yet.
The scheme comes after South Derbyshire District Council identified a need to provide 12,700 additional new homes up to 2028.
Around 500 are to be built in specified Derbyshire villages, including Etwall.
Bloor Homes had failed to provide a comment at the time of going to press.