New draft plan for Stanton is unveiled

THE LATEST draft masterplan for the former Stanton Ironworks site contains no new access roads, leaving campaigners confused.

Developer Saint-Gobain, which owns the site, is required by law to submit a rough proposal to Erewash Borough Council ahead of a planning application.

This is the third time the pipe manufacturer has submitted a scoping opinion request to the authority but so far none have been followed up with a planning application.

In previous draft masterplans, submitted in December 2008 and March 2010, there have been controversial access roads across greenbelt and one from Trowell village.

But this time it appears that the plan is to use existing roads to access the site, including Quarry Hill Road and Corporation Road from Ilkeston in the north, Lows Lane from Sandiacre in the east, Littlewell Lane from Stanton-by-Dale in the south, and Sowbrook Lane from Kirk Hallam.

Paul Harvey, chairman of Green Squeeze, the group aiming to protect Erewash greenbelt from new roads, said: “There are three main problems with Stanton: traffic, traffic and traffic – and this plan doesn’t even address the issue.

“It is incomprehensible to look at a housing estate of 2,000 houses and not make some statement about what to do about traffic.”

The masterplan includes 1,950 homes, a care village, a new primary school and public open spaces.

There is proposed to be a new internal road, off Merlin Way, and a plan to bring the Nutbrook Canal through the site back into use, although Mr Harvey pointed out that there are no locks included in this plan or links to the Ereweash Canal, making it merely a ‘water feature’.

Saint-Gobain’s planning team also said there will be ‘employment uses’ although these are not specific.

Despite the detail in the masterplan, Ian Fenwick from Alliance Planning stressed that what is in the proposal is not necessarily what will feature in any future planning application.

Saint-Gobain would not allow the Advertiser to publish the masterplan as it is a just a rough proposal at the moment, but to view it online go to www.erewashcouncil.com/stanton.

n Green Squeeze is planning a meeting about Dr Geraint Coles’s idea to turn the site into a canalside attraction.

The campaigners hope to get Saint-Gobain, Erewash Borough Council, British Waterways and others around the table on March 23.

- Let us know what you think about the new masterplan for the Stanton site.

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