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Success for Bullsmoor campaigners

Rejected planning application at Bullsmoor, Belper Rejected planning application at Bullsmoor, Belper

CPRE Derbyshire joined other organisations, MPs and members of the public in submitting objections to a 23 acre development in the Derwent Valley Mills Heritage Site Buffer Zone.

In May last year, Amber Valley Borough Council refused an application by Peveril Homes Ltd and Vaillant Group UK Ltd to build 150 houses and an extension to Vaillant's Business Park on fields off Nottingham Road at Bullsmoor, Belper.  Local people, backed by MP Pauline Latham, were fiercely opposed to the development on the grounds that it would impact negatively on this historic area. Following appeals submitted by the companies, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, has intervened to back the recommendation of local planning inspectors to reject the application. Brokenshire agreed with the inspectors' conclusion that the benefits would be outweighed by the serious harm that would be caused to the unchanged historic countryside.

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