Have a final say on 6,125 homes plans

NILABE111012a2, protesting against plans to build 500 homes opsite merlin way industrial estate
NILABE111012a2, protesting against plans to build 500 homes opsite merlin way industrial estate

Everyone in Erewash has been given six weeks to comment on the ‘most important document’ the council has produced in decades.

The final draft core strategy, which was discussed by Erewash borough councillors on Thursday night, shapes the future of the borough until 2028, and is due to be handed in to the Government on August 9.

It includes the highly controversial plans to find space for 6,125 homes in Erewash – an issue which angered hundreds of Ilkeston folk earlier this year when potential sites were announced.

But it also looks at ways of dealing with demand for jobs, transport, schools, shops and other facilities over the next 15 years.

Lead member for regeneration and planning Cllr Geoff Smith said to councillors: “This is one of the most important documents you will see in your time as a councillor.”

He added after the meeting: “We sincerely hope people do get involved and let us know what they think as this is an important document that effectively shapes the future of Erewash up to 2028 and beyond.”

At Thursday’s meeting, opposition Labour councillors said the strategy was ‘flawed’.

Labour leader Cllr Alex Phillips said positive points included plans for homes and jobs at the former Stanton Ironworks.

“But the devil is in the detail,” he said, pointing out problems with roads in particular.

“It’s all very good dumping thousands of homes on Ilkeston but what about road networks?

“The Bull’s Head, Heanor Road – these are roads that were never designed to take the current flow of traffic.”

But Labour did agree to support the plan claiming they wanted to avoid taxpayers having to foot the bill for new one to be produced.

Residents now have six weeks to have their say.

Copies of the document are at www.erewash.gov.uk, Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Halls, in libraries and Shopmobility centres.