Road too small for houses

Protest against Walker street Eastwood housing development. Neil Stocks, Steph Haggerty, Trevor Winfield and Lynn Morris.
Protest against Walker street Eastwood housing development. Neil Stocks, Steph Haggerty, Trevor Winfield and Lynn Morris.

Residents living in Walker Street, Eastwood, are angry about a new housing development being built in their road.

Trevor Winfield and his neighbours say the road is too narrow to accommodate 16 new homes and are concerned about the extra traffic and noise.

Mr Winfield – who has lived in his property for 54 years – said: “The road on Walker Street is very narrow and they are building right up close to the footpath.

“It’s not big enough to cater for all this extra traffic. It’s a very, very busy road and the speed the traffic comes down is incredible.

“It’s going to be very noisy and an invasion of our privacy quite frankly.”

The Victory Club will have to be knocked down to make way for the development, but the 74-year-old said he did not have a problem with that, because it has attracted drug-users since it has been left derelict.

“It was originally going to be a development of bungalows which we were all fine with,” said Mr Winfield.

“But now they’re trying to get as many houses on there as they possibly can.”

The £2 million regeneration project aims to help get people on the property ladder through shared ownership.

The development plans to convert the 0.75 acre site into a mix of one, two-bed and three- bedroom properties of a modern design, in a bid to help local families and first time buyers get on the property ladder.

But Mr Winfield said the scheme would attract ‘undesireables’.

“They are for people who can’t afford to buy a home and that often attracts undesireables,” he said.

Hayley Clark, who also lives in Walker Street, said: “The amount of properties they want to cram on there is ridiculous. It’s a tiny road.

“It’s going to be a lot of extra traffic.”

The planning application was accpeted by Broxtowe Borough Council last week.

Hodgkinson Builders are looking to develop the site in partnership with Futures Housing Group.

The scheme is supported by the Homes and Communities Agency, which will be providing grant funding.

Ian Hodgkinson, managing director of Hodgkinson Builders, said: