MORE than 5,000 new houses are needed in a North Derbyshire district, council chiefs have predicted.
North East Derbyshire Council has set a target of 5,240 homes over the next 20 years, of which 3,640 would be built around the Clay Cross area and 1,000 around Dronfield and Killamarsh.
A further 600 homes are proposed for the rural western part of the district, which includes Barlow, Holmesfield and Holymoorside.
The council is also proposing a ‘targeted review’ of green belt areas protected from development. The plans are part of the North East Derbyshire Local Plan, which is subject of an ongoing public consultation exercise.
Consultation on the proposals closes on September 14.
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