Concern over pressure on key A6 Derbyshire roundabout from housing and business schemes

today24 August 2022

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Concerns have been raised about the cumulative impact of developments being built around a major Derbyshire roundabout, with more housing and businesses approved. At a South Derbyshire District Council meeting last night (August 23) plans to build 228 houses, a care home, petrol station, shops and restaurants on land between the A6 Thulston Roundabout and Chellaston Lane were approved.

The project, from JSC Farming Ltd and Central Land Holdings Limited, forms part of the much wider development of Boulton Moor, including in excess of 2,600 houses, a primary school, businesses and sports facilities. Cllr Peter Watson sent a statement to be read out at the meeting in which he raised concerns about the additional stress which further development would place on the Thulston Roundabout.

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He said the most recent scheme, combined with the regeneration plans for Elvaston Castle and a project dubbed The Triangle for a slew of sports facilities between the A6 and the B5010, would have a worrying cumulative effect. Cllr Watson wrote that he was also concerned about the lack of school and health facilities being planned to shoulder the burden of more housing.

The scheme would also include a care home and a supported living retirement complex

A primary school has been approved as part of the overall Boulton Moor development and funding for a new secondary school is being provided, which is planned for a site between Infinity Park Derby and the A50. Funds are also being provided to improve or expand existing health facilities. Cllr Watson wrote that there would be a “considerable cumulative impact” from the latest scheme in combination with others, and “considerable tress loss…and an increase in traffic volume at the Thulston Roundabout”.

Steffan Saunders, the council’s head of planning, said that many more trees were set to be planted as part of the latest scheme, particularly along the northern border where the site borders Shardlow Road. Mr Saunders said it was “always envisaged” that a “large amount of housing” would be built on the proposed site, surrounded by the A6, Shardlow Road and Chellaston Lane.

He said it had been fully assessed through the Local Plan process, in which councils draw up a blueprint for future development, and it has been earmarked for housing for years. Mr Saunders said the planned “district centre” including shops, restaurants and a petrol station, would help serve the wider Boulton Moor development and has been a long-planned aim for the site, to provide vital support services.

The proposed scheme would contain up to 228 homes, with up to 30 per cent affordable housing
The proposed scheme would contain up to 228 homes, with up to 30 per cent affordable housing

He said there was no indication it would “detract” business away from other centres. There had been debate about the initial plans for a park and ride development as part of the site, but this aim had been dropped by the city council so has been scrapped from the plans.

Michael Knott, agent for the applicant, told the meeting that the park and ride scheme had been deemed “undeliverable” by the city council. He said the proposed transport hub on the northern half of the site would include a potential electric bike hire along with electric vehicle charging facilities.

Mr Knott said this would be a more “sustainable and contemporary” transport development compared to the previous park and ride proposals. In response to city council concerns about the district centre being moved further away from other housing in the Boulton Moor redevelopment, he said the difference in walking distance for residents would be “negligible”.

Cllr Amy Wheelton said it was a “great shame” that best and most versatile agricultural land had been allocated for housing. She said: “We need to be building communities. I really hope we see more green spaces and lots of cycle routes. There is no dentist or doctors and I didn’t see a playground or green area anywhere (in the plans).

The site in Boulton Moor
The site in Boulton Moor

“There is a beautiful brook there and I would like, when the applicant comes back, something to happen there that will impress us. I don’t think the residents want fast food outlets, they want parks and green spaces.”

The Thulston Brook, which runs through the centre of the site from east to west, would be realigned as part of the scheme, with the Environment Agency granting consent for the change. The southern side of the brook would be where the vast majority of the potential housing would be built, along with a 66-bed care home, an assisted living complex and a community building.

A more specific breakdown of the homes will be provided at a later stage but 30 per cent would be classed as affordable housing. Meanwhile, a “transport mobility hub”, two drive-through restaurants, a medium-sized supermarket, a “local centre” containing several potential shops, and a nursery would all sit to the north of the brook.

The proposed site on the edge of Derby would form part of much wider development
The proposed site on the edge of Derby would form part of much wider development

It proposes an electric vehicle charging and petrol filling station close to Shardlow Road at the northern tip of the site, with facilities set to become solely for electric charging over time. District planners say the developer will not be allowed to operate an automatic number plate recognition parking system at the proposed transport hub and must lease the land to a transport operator for 20 years.

Elvaston Parish Council said it was in support of additional infrastructure being built for the wider Boulton Moor development. However, they say a school is not yet up and running and that it is “abhorrent to consider the provision of fast food outlets and restaurants ahead of basic amenities such as education and healthcare provision”.

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