Derby

Derby housing plan: Thousands of new homes and bypass needed

An additional 19,000 homes will be needed to cope with projected growth in Derby by the end of the next decade, according to a new housing study.

A city council spokesman said a bypass in the southern part of Derby might be necessary to deal with traffic congestion created by the homes.

The figures are based on a two-year study prepared by council planners.

About 34,000 houses will be needed in Derby, South Derbyshire and Amber Valley before 2028, the study said.

'Nimby' ban

Councillor Hardyal Dhindsa, a member of the Labour-led city council, said: "Homes will go in existing brownfield sites in Derby and quite a lot in the south of Chellaston and Alvaston and Sinfin areas.

"Two years have been spent with consultants and officers working together with Amber Valley and South Derbyshire (authorities) to produce a plan which is a best assessment of inward migration, housing needs and economic regeneration of the city."

Adjustments to the city boundary might be considered "in the future", Councillor Dhindsa said.

"We want people to challenge [the plan] - and if they don't like where development should go then they should give us an idea of where it should go.

"But 'not in my backyard' is not good enough," he said.

A spokesman for Derby's Conservatives said they would prefer to seek agreement with neighbouring authorities and developers to create new settlements that offer "breathing space" for the city.

A consultation on the housing strategy will be held between October and the end of December.

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