Residents voice concerns over new housing development in north Derbyshire

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Residents have voiced concerns over plans to build 350 homes in Killamarsh.

The Killamarsh Residents Against Greenbelt Erosion action group has spoken out against developer Harworth Estates’ plans to build new homes on the former Westthorpe Colliery site, between Upperthorpe Road and Green Lane.

Paul Johnson, chairman of the action group, said: “It is green-belt land, so it shouldn’t be built upon. It is a prime area for walkers and a haven for wildlife and wildflowers.

“Killamarsh doesn’t have the infrastructure to deal with an influx of houses.

“The roads are terribly congested at peak times, parking availability is limited, medical services are at capacity and shopping choice is very limited.”

Iain Thompson, partnerships manager at Harworth Estates, said: “We’re at an early stage of promoting this potential development and as part of the process we arranged a public consultation event in Killamarsh late last year.

“A number of local people, including those within RAGE, gave their views and we’ll be considering these at length as we discuss the scheme with North Derbyshire District Council.”