Green light for 91 new homes despite fears

A 91-HOME estate has been given the green light by councillors, despite concerns it will trigger more road accidents because of an increase in traffic.

Neighbours around the site off Smithurst Road in Giltbrook were also worried about children’s safety near a water feature planned for the site.

Ward councillor Mick Brown read a statement from concerned residents to Broxtowe Borough Council’s planning committee.

He said the residents were not opposed to the development in principle but had a number of issues that they wanted addressing.

“The entrance and exit to the development has seen 10 accidents in the past two years,” he read.

“Many accidents have taken place due to there being no traffic calming measures in place.”

A playpark is also planned for the northwest corner of the site, which residents said would be dangerous near the proposed water feature.

“An unsupervised children’s playpark is at the very least ridiculous,” he added.

But planning chief Steve Dance explained: “This isn’t a sheer-sided hole full of water.

“The pond feature can be an attractive addition to open space.”

Councillors on the committee were divided about the proposal.

Cllr Joan Briggs said there were too many houses on the site.

“I’m not saying we don’t need the houses but not as many as they have put in that small place,” she said.

But Cllr Brian Wombwell disagreed.

He said: “It looks like a well-designed scheme which will make a valuable contribution to our housing allocation once that has been decided.”

They voted six for the application and four against.

The 91 homes will be two, three and four-bedroom houses, including two and three-storey buildings.