More homes could be built on greenfield land - eating up vast areas of Swadlincote - despite evidence of disused mine shafts below ground being revealed.
Housing development company Pegasus Group already has permission to build 600 homes on three pieces of land along Site C - William Nadin Way, Swadlincote - and Site A - Park Road, Newhall - but wants to add more homes to its third previously approved site, in Woodland Road, Stanton, known as Site B.
A total of 110 homes have already been approved for the site, and now an application has been submitted to South Derbyshire District Council for permission to bring the total to 135 homes after detailed site surveys revealed additional land to the east of the consented site, despite there being five recorded mine shafts, of which three have not been located.
The masterplan includes 400 homes in William Nadin Way, which will be located to the left of the 201-home development already under construction, and a further 60 homes in Park Road, Newhall.
The developments are part of the wider Cadley Park development which also includes the country park, golf course, driving range and associated amenities.
This most recent masterplan has been designed to incorporate a number of changes which includes the replacement of a full 18-hole golf course on the site with a nine-hole golf course and a nine-hole family golf course; and the development of Cadley Meadows Country Park; as well as retail, restaurant/public house and a cafe/restaurant.
A report which has been submitted by the applicants to the council said: “The changes to the overall masterplan for the wider colliery site has led to additional land being available for residential development on Site B Woodland Road.
“The assessment has found that the ghost island T-junction previously approved access point from the A444 Woodland Road has the capacity to accommodate the additional traffic.
"The additional development traffic does not materially alter the conditions of the off-site highway network. Thus the additional homes would not result in any adverse highway impacts.
“Furthermore, through the extensive searches for the five recorded mine shafts three were not located.
"The two shallow coal mine shafts were found in the northern portion of the site and should be investigated and potentially stabilised prior to development.”