KV Remain Prepared

CAMPAIGNERS are prepared for further battles with developers after proposals to build 400 homes in Allestree were refused.

Councillors rejected plans to build the homes – of which 120 would have been affordable – on grounds that the work would harm the setting of Kedleston Hall.

Representatives of developers Catesby Estates and campaign group Kedleston Voice made their cases at a special meeting of Amber Valley Borough Council's planning board last night.

Councillors voted six to five in favour of planning officers' recommendation to refuse the proposals.

And Isobel Shorrock, who spoke at the meeting representing Kedleston Voice, said although the group was happy with the outcome of the public meeting, they knew that this was not the end of the matter.

She said: "We are very pleased but we know it is the almost the beginning of something rather than the end but we are prepared for that."

The group's chairman Dave Anderson added: "I am pleased the councillors followed the recommendation.

"The findings they came up with match what we have been saying in the past year."

It is not yet known whether Catesby Estates will return with a revised proposal.

A spokesman had previously said the company was "extremely disappointed" at the recommendation to refuse.

He said: "The need for housing in the borough remains desperate, and, given the indisputable requirement to meet some of the unmet needs of Derby city, this site is best placed to do this."

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