Planning & Design has successfully achieved outline planning consent for a residential development of up to 30 dwellings in the highly sought-after village of Kirk Langley to the west of Derby city centre. Working closely with the landowner and following a public exhibition to seek local opinion, we devised a scheme for land to the north of Ashbourne Road that will sit comfortably alongside existing development in the village and make a valuable addition to the village’s housing stock. Unusually for a scheme of this nature, there were an almost an equal number of objectors and supporters of the scheme and neither the Parish Council nor the ward councillor objected. We would attribute this partly to the public exhibition we held and partly to a realisation in the village that new housing will enhance the vitality of the village. The scheme will deliver a number of additional public benefits including around 9 units (30%) of affordable housing, some new public open space and a new pedestrian crossing for the A52.
The scheme was not without its critics, notably the The Gardens Trust (GT), formerly the Garden History Society, in its role as Statutory Consultee with regard to proposed development affecting a site included by Historic England (HE) on their Register of Parks & Gardens (RPG). The GT considered that the scheme would adversely affect the setting of the Kedleston Hall Park and Gardens because the site was included within the defined setting of the park and gardens in the Amber Valley Local Plan. However, we were able to successfully argue that the proposal would not affect the setting of the park and gardens given the separation distance involved (a minimum of 1.7km as the crow flies), the lack of any historic link between the land and Kedleston Hall and the fact that the site is not located on a recognised approach to the hall. The Planning Officer agreed and approved the application under delegated powers.We look forward to seeing the site developed in the near future.
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