ECK/703

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Comment

Schedule of Sites Consultation Document (February 2015)

Representation ID: 1505

Received: 13/03/2015

Respondent: Mrs Lynda Joan Ryan

Representation:

strong objector to development on Staveley Lane, Eckington. This site is outside the SDL, totally unsustainable. Access to be on Staveley land which is a narrow, country road with no speed restrictions, on a z bend. Eckington already has a traffic congestion problem. This site also has a flooding problem. The public footpath upgrading will be very intrusive. This site will eventually meet up with sites beyond Staveley Lane. Eckington amenities cannot sustain such extensive housing development. This is open countryside that will be gone forever. We don't want to lose it. Please prevent this from happening.

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I write this document as a resident and strong objector to development on Staveley Lane, Eckington. My objection began in 2003 when Hallam Land Management applied for planning permission to erect 90 homes (affordable housing) on the Staveley Lane sites. Only 9 are affordable houses. This site is outside the SDL, totally unsustainable. Access to be on Staveley land which is a narrow, country road with no speed restrictions, on a z bend. Only one footpath, no street lighting, and on a hill which is a long walk from any amenities of Eckington. There is no bus service. An FOI report from Derbyshire Policy reports several accidents on this road within the last 5 years. 1 was fatal. The plan is to put a roundabout on this road, which will cause problems for 2 way traffic on the brow of a hill, and also for traffic leaving and entering the housing development. With the potential of 200 cars this can only cause severe problems, mostly mornings and evenings.
Eckington already has a traffic congestion problem, we have narrow roads that were not designed for heavy traffic. Rat runs through the estates that already have double parking are also going to happen. The site is agricultural land that has been undermined, and contains 15% methane gas that is regularly monitored. It was also in the Green Belt until it was removed for the Eckington bypass. When this was abandoned, the land was never put back into the Green Belt. This site also has a flooding problem that is made worse by the valley at the low side of this site.
Because of the housing plan, we know that this site will eventually meet up with sites beyond Staveley Lane and come out at another unnecessary access on Chesterfield Road (these being sites 702, 1502, 1504, and 1506.
Eckington amenities cannot sustain such extensive housing development. This is destruction of the Eckington countryside, outside of the SDL. Footpath 100 runs between Staveley Lane and Ducksett Lane. This footpath is not included within the limit of the Hallam site. But it will eventually be used as access for cyclists and pedestrians to the proposed housing site. Because the NEDDC will receive payment for this path to put it into use the DCC will be responsible for any changes. Before this was decided, the DCC totally ignored this path for at least 35 years. But now the carrot has been dangled and the powers that be say this can go ahead, this path is to be widened , tarmaced and lit up with street lighting for the new residents. This is going to be a total nightmare for myself and other residents on Ducksett. It can only encourage gangs, litter, noise, and a complete invasion of our peace and privacy, We do agree that housing development must happen, but this site is Greenfield land and agricultural and is totally unsustainable. Eckington has brownfield land available for housing. This application was refused 3 times at committee meetings. I attended all these with objections and believed it would be refused again in July 2014. This committee meeting was totally out of order. I have made a complaint about maladministration to NEDDC and the ombudsman. There was no debate or discussion and a council member even remarked about the chairman that it is "debatable to what extent he had a hand in persuading them to allow outline planning permission". To build on this land, and have a forward plan to build on further land up to Chesterfield Road is unforgivable. This is open countryside that will be gone forever. This is our children and grandchildren's heritage. We don't want to lose it. Please prevent this from happening.

Comment

Schedule of Sites Consultation Document (February 2015)

Representation ID: 2349

Received: 26/03/2015

Respondent: Historic England

Representation:

concerned at site ECK/703. The diagram indicates that development has been consented here. According to our records, English Heritage did not receive a request for consultation on this planning application in spite of this being located in closeproximity to highly graded heritage assets including the Grade II* Renishaw Park and Garden and the Grade I listed Renishaw Hall.
We are concerned at the proximity of the development to the heritage assets and consider there is potential for this to adversely affect its setting. Further work is required in this respect.
Please also refer to our comments made above for LP22.

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