Fighting inappropriate planning applications - latest news on Coupe Lane & Westthorpe

Committed to fighting inappropriate planning applications across North East Derbyshire

As your MP since 2017, I have stood up against inappropriate planning applications across North East Derbyshire - and will continue to do so until planning is in a better place in our District.

Planning is a difficult and challenging area of policy at the best of times and I accept that we need new houses in our District to ensure people can get on the ladder, build up capital and provide for their families.  Yet, housing has to be built in the right place and at the right numbers - and we have some way to go to clean up the mess left by the old District Council on this and, just as importantly, to fight off any speculative applications in the future.

Planning applications can come at any time and developers can, should they wish to spend their money in doing so, make a case for housebuilding anywhere.  That doesn't mean they will be successful and when houses are proposed in inappropriate places, I will support local residents in their campaigns against them.  I can't, and won't be able to, get involved in every application and it is important to note that I don't have the ultimate say on planning - that is for local Councillors to do through the planning system (something they must also do without recourse to their political allegiances).

I'll use this page to highlight any major campaigns which are underway at any one time and to give residents more information about what they can do should they wish to comment / object:

** LIVE APPLICATIONS **

DECEMBER 2021: 18/01003/OL 397 DWELLINGS AT WESTTHORPE, KILLAMARSH - APPLICATION RE-STARTED: GET INVOLVED AND MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR SAY

The long-standing Westthorpe planning application, first submitted in 2018, has now re-started and is likely to be considered by North East Derbyshire's planning committee at some point in 2022.

The application is an outline application for up to 397 houses on the old Westthorpe colliery.  This application is deciding the principle of whether development should take place, rather than the specific details of exactly what will be built (which would, if this application is successful, be brought forward at a later stage for consideration).

This location was one of the four Green Belt sites which we fought extensively to have taken out of the Local Plan but which we were unable to convince the Planning Inspector to remove - despite extensive attempts to do so.

If you feel strongly about this application, you should make sure that make your comments known as soon as possible via www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk.  Click on "Find My Planning Application" then "Find an Application" then search "18/00103/OL" to find out more details and then to leave comments.

JULY 2021: CHE/21/00549/OUT 500 DWELLINGS AT DUNSTON - INITIAL APPLICATION SUBMITTED: RESIDENT COMMENTS INVITED

In July 2021, William Davis Homes submitted an outline application for 500 homes adjacent to the existing Skylarks development in Dunston.  Whilst outside of the North East Derbyshire constituency, the application touches the border of our area and would likely have implications for residents in Cutthorpe, Barlow and Upper Newbold.

The application is an outline one meaning that the principle (rather than the detail) is being decided at this stage.  If this application is successful, a further one will be submitted including this detail.

If you wish to comment on this application, you should go to https://publicaccess.chesterfield.gov.uk/online-applications/ and search with the code "CHE/21/00549/OUT".

** CLOSED APPLICATIONS **

December 2021 - success!  The long-standing application for up to 300 homes off Coupe Lane, Old Tupton was withdrawn in December 2021 after a four year battle.  Thank you to all residents who got involved in this long fight!

December 2021 - success (for now!)  The application to increase the density of housing at Primrose Lane, Killamarsh was refused by North East Derbyshire's planning committee in December 2021.  We now await to see if the developer appeals.  Residents should note that the developer already has permission to build 30 houses on this site which was approved back in January 2017 and can still be built at any time.