Owner of Somercotes cattery fears it may have to close after industrial units are approved

Amber Valley Council members have approved plans for Clowes Developments to build six large warehouses off Birchwood Way, Somercotes.

During the meeting, councilors voted against a call for a site visit, which Councilor John McCabe, a member of Somercotes, called “a complete disgrace to local democracy”.

A number of residents and councilors have opposed plans which will see industrial units up to 15 meters high built near homes in Birchwood Way.

The proposed industrial warehouses off Birchwood Way and Birchwood Lane in Somercotes.

Rae Gee, a council planning officer, said the nearest houses would be 55m from the nearest industrial unit, with the nearest garden 40m away.

She said this was a “significant” distance and an earthen dyke would be built and trees planted in the space between houses and industrial units.

She said any tree planted to obscure the units would take years to grow.

Ms Towndrow said: ‘I own a cattery on the western border and am worried about my business.

“I look after people’s cats and dogs and take care of them. How am I going to do this when this development has been under construction for years and chainsaws are cutting down trees.

“What do I do? Do I have to close so this business can continue? It’s a worrying time.”

Somercotes resident Judy Mallaber said: “This is going to ruin this area. There is an overuse of housing and industry in the area which will ruin the semi-rural feel of the area.

Pamela Fabianska, another Somercotes resident, said: “This industrial site is not necessary, it is development for development’s sake.

“A lot of old people and people with young children like to walk around this site. It is an asset in their neighborhood.

“There are already a lot of empty units in industrial areas in the area and combining industrial units with houses is overkill.”

Councilor Jack Brown, a member of Ironville & Riddings, said the proposal could have a positive outcome if amended to allow heavy goods vehicles heading to other industrial sites in the area to be removed from Birchwood Lane and to the freeway without obstructing other traffic.

Claimant agent Michael Bamford said the claim was approved in principle and remained allocated in the council’s local plan, a master plan for future development.

He said, “There is a great need for job pitches and this app will provide a lot of job pitches.

“We listened and modified the scheme, there is a net gain in biodiversity. I understand that in plan form it looks close to the houses, but that’s a significant distance. »

Councilors voted to approve the program by six votes to four.

During the planning consultation, the project was reduced from seven warehouses to six and from 26,000 m² of floor space to 19,652 m², and the maximum height of buildings was reduced from 18 meters to 15.4 meters.

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