A Langley Mill resident has voiced concerns over a bid to build around 80 new houses on a medium-risk floodplain near his home.
Paul Mason, 78, of Cromford Road, raised his concerns after the site was earmarked for potential development as part of Amber Valley Borough Council’s core strategy plan.
This is the second time development has been proposed on the site behind Plumptre Road and Hall Road.
Theoriginal plan was thrown out after local residents informed the Environment Agency that the proposed housing would be built on a floodplain for the River Erewash. It was then that the Environment Agency classed the land as a medium-risk floodplain.
Paul said: “We’ve seen the land flooded by the Erewash River before and it would be an absolute nightmare if they built houses on the land.
“People say flooding on a wide scale is a once in one-hundred years thing, but that’s not a guarantee. You just don’t know. It could ruin the lives of any families that move into one of the houses if they’re hit by flooding.
“When people buy a house they buy it in good faith.”
As well as the wellbeing of any future residents who move into homes on the site, he fears those already living in the area could be seriously affected too.
He said: “I’ve consulted with three different estate agents and they’ve all come to the conclusion that this could drastically affect those living nearby.
“I was told our houses could lose around 30 per cent of their value which is disastrous.”
Robert Thorley, community planning manager at Amber Valley Borough Council said: “We are aware of the flooding problems although the suggested site is quite a way from Erewash River.
“We’re consulting with Severn Trent Water, the Environment Agency and others with interest in the strategy.”
Residents can have their say on the core strategy plans until September 8.