Housing repairs firm to keep its depot

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A housing repairs firm is to be allowed to keep its depot wedged between homes and a noisy roundabout on the A610.

Nineteen neighbours protested about the move which was heralded by the arrival of caravans, dog kennels and a portable toilet.

Legal action was taken amid claims that people were staying overnight in caravans on the land off Old Derby Road, Eastwood.

But now planning permission has been given to build a storage unit and keep hard standing, after Broxtowe councillors were told of the history of the site.

The Development Control Committee was told several efforts had been made to provide homes on the site, including an apartment block.

These had been turned down and a report suggested residents would suffer from an ‘unacceptable level’ of traffic noise.

Cllr Charlie Robb told members it would be suitable for housing and that existing residents had never been troubled by noise.

But Cllr Lydia Ball said she recently visited the spot and told the committee: “The noise must be horrendous.

“It is not a very big area and I cannot see it will have a lot of storage vehicles moving because there is not enough room.”

Cllr David Watts said it would cause problems to refuse the latest move after deciding it should not be used for housing.

Broxtowe councillors agreed to impose a height limit on any vehicles or items stored there.