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Update September 2019

Quarndon Parish Council had a meeting with Amber Valley BC Planning to discuss the Parish Council's objection to the planning application AVA/2019/0573 on 29 August 2019 at Ripley.

App address:

Land At Kedleston Road And Memorial Road Derby Derbyshire


Application for all of the matters reserved (appearance, landscaping, layout and scale) pursuant to Conditions 1, 15 and 16 of appeal decision APP/M1005/W/15/3132791 for the erection of 400 dwellings (Use Class C3). Environment statement- REF: AVA/2014/0928. (The proposal may affect the setting of a listed building)

These are the notes send to Rae Gee and Sarah Brooks following the meeting. Document is downloaded.

Update July/August 2019

The Kedleston Road Development - What happens next?

Kedleston and Catesby Estates first disclosed their intention to apply for planning permission to build 400 houses on a site off Kedleston Road, in the Parish of Quarndon in the summer of 2014.

Your Parish Council have worked strenuously since then, first to oppose this unwelcome development: meeting with councillors from the Borough, the County and Derby City as well as our MP. We attended an exhibition by Catesby Estates where we joined with one of the Allestree councillors in asking for information about how Catesby Estates foresaw the effects of the proposed development on traffic, transport, schooling etc. The answers were not encouraging.

We commissioned an Independent Traffic Consultant who confirmed the disruptive effect the development would have on residential roads and the local traffic network. We responded to AVBC's various consultation initiatives and liaised with Kedleston Voice, co-ordinating our separate presentations to the Special AVBC Planning Board held on 6th July 2015, which turned the application down.

There followed a tortuous path with an appeal and subsequent hearing, leading to a Government Inspector overturning AVBC's decision, then further appeals to all of which your Parish Council responded, objecting on your behalf, until finally in April this year when all our hopes were dashed and finally the developers won.

On the 16 April a group of us met with representatives of Catesby Estates and Pegasus Group, the developers, who shortly intend to submit a detailed planning application to AVBC to build between 395 and 400 houses on the site. They have been in discussions with AVBC planners and an Independent Review Panel as well as Derbyshire Conservation experts and as a result have already amended their original ideas.

It is most likely that they will sell the site to one, or, they assured us, at most two house builders who are expected to commence construction in the spring of 2020 and are likely to complete 60 to 80 houses a year. They have committed to a figure of 30% of the properties being affordable, in groups of 30, with a proportion being apartments. With the elderly and disabled in mind they have promised to provide accessible properties and to consider building bungalows or chalet style properties.

On the advice of the planners they have decided against a multi-use leisure facility with high, ball-proof wire-link fencing and flood-lights and will construct a free-form, land-art, open area for cycling/adventure play, in the north-west corner of the site, likewise there will not be a retail unit, but footpaths and crossings to facilitate access to the existing nearby store.

The main streets in the development will be tree-lined avenues and there will be a footpath/cycle track around the periphery of the site. We asked that they use their good offices with Kedleston Estates to request this footpath link up with one or both of the adjacent bridlepaths. Properties fronting onto Kedleston Road will have their fronts rendered.

We challenged the adequacy of their provision of parking on individual properties and will need to respond firmly when the detailed application is submitted, likewise, mitigation of the nuisance from construction traffic will have to be addressed with both the planning authority and the builders at that time.

We as a Parish Council have the prospect of a continuing responsibility to see that this development is fit for purpose and that it enhances both the existing community and the new community that it will generate. There are many important issues that are going to need to be addressed in the coming months: adequate educational and health care provision, mitigation of transport difficulties and flood risk, to name but a few. Solutions and compromises are going to need to be found.

We will do our best; you can help by talking to us, sharing your fears and especially your ideas for dealing with them!

Dr Paul Hodson, Chair, Quarndon Parish Council planning subcommittee

11 May 2019