Vilagers’ say on local plan could be ‘last’ chance to speak on greenbelt

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ACTION group leaders are urging people to take part in a consultation they say could be the ‘last’ chance to stop development on greenbelt land surrounding a village.

Killamrsh Residents Against Greenbelt Exploitation (RAGE) is fighting to retain green spaces around the area for future generations in a long-running campaign.

They have also opposed Haworth Estates’ plans for hundreds of new homes at the old Westhorpe Colliery in the past.

Now the group is urging residents to take part in consultation on North East Derbyshire District Council’s local plan for 2013 to 2031 on what they would like to see in the village.

Chairman Paul Johnson said feedback would determine a review of the green belt, as well as how many homes should be built in North East Derbyshire and where infastructure should be located.

He added: “It might be the last chance to have a say on whether our green spaces are built on or not in the future.

“Housing plans for the green space are still there, they can’t build the homes at the moment because it is still classed as greenbelt but if that changes they will build, no doubt about it.

“It is part of a wildlife corridor at the moment, it is a beautiful place.

“The area used to be a pit so people had all the disruption of that in the past as well.

“We want to keep it how it is for the children of the future to enjoy.”

Five green sites around Killamarsh, plus more at Spinkhill and High Moor, could be affected, said Mr Johnson.

RAGE has put together a collection of information on its website, at www.killamarsh-rage.co.uk.

Responses to the council’s local plan must be submitted by September 13.

To take part visit www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk and search for ‘local plan’.

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