Derby's 'Heatherton 2' given planning permission

A housing development on the edge of Derby has been given planning permission despite concerns over a shortage of school places.

The development, which has become known as Heatherton 2, will include up to 800 homes on either side of Rykneld Road in the suburb of Littleover.

There have been concerns the housing could put extra pressure on places for Littleover Community School.

But Derby City Council said extra school provision would be created.

Community uses

A section 106 agreement will be drawn up to ensure developers build a new school and improve roads and transport links to the area.

Sara Bolton, chairperson of the planning committee which agreed the plans, said: "We need to make sure education is covered along with transport and transportation links because an increase of 800 homes will have an impact in the local area.

"We will have extra educational facilities, which is something that we will demand, and having agreed it this evening will come to fruition.

"What we also need to do is liaise with the other local schools to see if there is any further expansion and to see if we can get any new build there as well."

The outline planning permission also includes business units, a retail foodstore and space for other commercial and community uses.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust objected to the development because of the loss of hedgerow, wildlife habitat, and grassland with "diverse botanical composition".

Derbyshire County Council had asked the city council to address school place provision.

It said secondary school provision at Littleover Community School was already over capacity and warned that further development in the area would be likely to exacerbate the issue.

One county councillor, Julie Patten, said all secondary schools in the south of the county were at full capacity, and she was concerned primary schools would also suffer.

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