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Major scheme for derelict Derbyshire ironworks withdrawn

by on August 6, 2015

Proposals for nearly 2,000 homes on a derelict ironworks in Derbyshire have been withdrawn after officers at Erewash Borough Council recommended refusal of the scheme. The future of Stanton Ironworks at Ilkeston has been under consideration since it closed in 2007.

Developer Saint-Gobain had proposed a residential-led mixed-use development involving up to 1,950 new homes, about 20 hectares of employment land, including retail, cafes, bars and restaurants, a 150-bed care home, a GP surgery and primary school at the 200-hectare site

Planners had raised a total of 11 substantial objections to the development including concern over the amount of retail space proposed, the proportion of affordable housing offered and inadequate compensation for lost wildlife habitat.

A company spokesperson said: “We can confirm that we have withdrawn our application for planning permission on our Stanton Ironworks site.

“Despite having worked together with the council throughout the application process and addressed all 11 key concerns of the council, it was clear that a refusal was likely to be the outcome, so we felt there was no other alternative than to withdraw.

“If successful, development of this site would have created 2,000 new and affordable homes for the area of Stanton, supporting the local housing policy to address the current housing shortage. We will be considering all future options in respect of the site.”

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Roger Milne

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