The railway station in Dronfield is a key factor in NEDDC’s assessment of the town as a “sustainable settlement.” The mere existence of a train station does not necessarily translate into sustainability.
Parking at the station is already limited with no space for expansion. If parking charges were introduced this would result in an increase in commuting by car; a less sustainable form of transport.
The already sprawling nature of Dronfield’s housing, up steep gradients from the train station, contributes to many train commuters travelling to the station by car, rather than on foot. All the 5 housing sites, being at the outer reaches of town, do not provide sustainable sites for accessing the train station on foot.
Spill-over parking from the train station already occurs onto Lea Road and School Lane. This adds to congestion and road safety risks on these roads for residents and approximately 600 pupils and their associated families using them to access Dronfield Infants and Dronfield Junior School.
- Protecting our Greenbelt and Local Community
- Loss of Recreational Space / Reduced Access to Countryside and Footpaths
- Loss of Farmland
- Environment and Wildlife
- Health and Wellbeing
- Transport and Infrastructure
- Previous Coal Mining Activity
- The Fracking Threat
- Concerns regarding employment and industrial development
- Brownfield sites and vacant properties
- Dronfield Railway station
- Not suitable for a large scale development