Land South of Ash Crescent, Eckington

The Inspector has directed that this site should also remain in the Green Belt and NOT be built upon, stating: “Development would cause material harm to Green Belt openness and would constitute a significant incursion of the built-up area into the open countryside to the south of Eckington.”

The Council had allocated 400 houses on this site, plus the developer wanted to increase this to 1100! This large site is open countryside, bordered on only one side by housing on the southern edge of Eckington.  Eckington resident, Jeremy Kenyon spoke during several sessions. He described the significant incursion into the countryside that this development would make. He also explained that the layout would result in an isolated estate, adjoined to the town rather than being a part of it. Several speakers also added information about the declining state of Eckington, Dronfield and Killamarsh Town Centres and criticised the Council’s Town Centre Regeneration Plans for lacking costings and specific actions to attract and sustain new shops and businesses.