North Avenue Development proposal
Dozens of residents from North and South Avenues in Darley Abbey crowded into the Village Hall last Friday (7th February) to see an "exhibition" about a housing development for up to 45 houses proposed for a greenfield site between North Avenue and the A38. This was despite the fact that the first thing that residents knew about this was a very small notice in the Derby Telegraph only two days before. Fortunately, the Darley Abbey Society wre alerted to it and were able to leaflet residents urging them to attend.
The landowners representatives Planning Design Practice Ltd had put up two display boards. One had a local plan and a site layout plan, and the other a description and justification for the proposal. The developers described the proposed housing as nestling in a fold in the landscape well screened from neighbouring properties. However, the site is within the city's "Green Wedge" designation, and also the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site Buffer Zone.
Feedback from those attending the exhibition was that they were mostly concerned about the extra traffic that would generated adding to the already congested junction between South Avenue and Church Lane. As a sweetener to the local community the developers would provide a playing field, which they said could be used by the privately run Old Vicarage School.
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