Write your letters using valid planning objections. We’ve also listed some ideas below to give you an idea of what is important, and add in your own concerns as well.
Please do not simply copy and paste however as this will not count as an individual objection
Nine years of disruption, noise and pollution for existing residents while all four phases of the planned development are built
Increased traffic will lead to more accidents and safety issues for pedestrians and pupils walking to Highfields school
Unacceptable amounts of heavy traffic on small residential roads – between 50 and 90 HGVs PER DAY for NINE YEARS!
Access to huge site via small residential streets (Wolds Road and Cavendish Road)
Increased traffic – developers state Gritstone road will see an increase in traffic in the morning of 269% and in the evening of 645%
Drainage issues and increased flooding from a site that already has lots of issues with standing and run off water
Location at most elevated site in town meaning that any sustainable travel will be impossible (ie no one will walk or cycle from town, therefore there will be 100s of extra cars on the roads) this is contrary to the National Planning Policy Framework
Highways already at capacity in several key junctions such as Crown Square – adding 100s of extra cars onto the roads will cause gridlock
Destruction of wildlife habitat
Destruction of 100% greenfields
Destruction of much loved, valued local landscape that can be viewed from several, long range view points including tourist hotspots such as Crich Stand, Black Rocks and more
Loss of wildlife including bats, badgers and several species of birds on the RSPB red and amber lists
Pollution and adverse health affects to young children, older people and vulnerable people
The Derwent Valley Aqueduct crosses part of the site. This Victorian structure carries 100,000s of litres of water per second, hasn’t been checked for years and will be catastrophic for the town if damaged during building works
Metals and other contaminants washing into local water courses including Bentley Brook and the historic Lumsdale Mills
Pressure on schools, health care and other infrastructure. GPs are already warning that there is no resilience in healthcare provision for the town.
Adverse impact on historical Wolds Farmhouse
For people bordering the site – loss of light, privacy and amenity. Existing homes will be overlooked by new houses
Unacceptable effects by reason of visual intrusion, overlooking, shadowing, overbearing effect, noise, light pollution and other adverse impacts on local character and amenity.
Greenfield sites are much more attractive to developers than brown fields – make no mistake they will be fighting hard for this to go through, so we need to fight harder!
Developers will now feel that they have strong case for approval as the site is allocated in the local plan for residential development.
However we know how unsuitable the site is and it is our job to ensure those making the decisions are aware of that too.
It is a Hybrid Planning Application in two parts, in total of upto 423 houses built on 100% greenfields at the north of Matlock.
The proposals, to be built over nine years, comprise of:
Phase one: Full Planning Application for 78 residential units with associated access, open space, landscaping and surface water attenuation at land Between Sandy Lane, Bent Lane And Gritstone Road Matlock Derbyshire.
Outline Planning Application with approval being sought for site access for up to 345 Residential Units, an A1 (Retail use), A3 (Restaurant and Cafe use) and/ or A5 (Hot Food Takeaway use) Unit and Open Space including a Country Park and Play Area and associated landscaping and surface water attenuation.
1. SUPPLEMENTARY TRANSPORT ASSESSMENT RT91638-07
2. REBUTTAL COMMENTS ON STRATEGIC PLANNING POLICY COM
3. RESIDENTIAL TRAVEL PLAN JUNE 2019
4. POLICY PD7 – CLIMATE CHANGE STATEMENT
5. DESIGN AND ACCESS STATEMENT OCTOBER 2019 V4
Please spread the word and get friends and family to object too.
In case you need anymore convincing about the destructive, unnecessary and utterly preposterous proposals that we are fighting, then take a look at the footage below.
It shows the extent of the beautiful Wolds site that is at risk from greedy, speculative, development.
It’s a 100% greenfield site, a nature haven, an oasis of calm in an increasingly congested, and developed, area of Matlock.
We’re fighting an application for 415 houses on this pristine site. It’s an unneeded, disgraceful proposal that is all about profit and nothing about addressing the housing need.
Many will be four bedroom houses with three garages – hardly first time buyer material is it?
And it makes a mockery of the developer’s woffle about it being a sustainable site.
Three garages shows that they know exactly how people will reach the site -and it will not be on foot or on a bike – leading to a huge increase in traffic and pollution on already congested residential roads.