860 new houses will mean many more cars in Dronfield (at least 1000+) and extension to the industrial estate will mean more HGVs and commercial traffic
Traffic congestion and road safety across the town will worsen
Pollution levels will rise; this is a particular worry for children and those with asthma, breathing difficulties and heart disease
Roads and Road Safety – Hallowes Lane
Hallowes Lane is a direct route for vehicles and pedestrians from sites H (Hallowes Golf Course) and I (Hill Top) down to Dronfield Infant School, Dronfield Junior School, and Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School.
Bus route, narrow, busy, steep.
It is a main route from one part of Dronfield to another.
The pavement is narrow.
The road is reduced in part to one lane, owing to the presence of parked vehicles.
On bin day, residents in the terraced houses have nowhere else to put their bins other than on the narrow pavement.
Pedestrians are close to the vehicles on the road, and pedestrians often have no choice but to walk in the road.
Pedestrians are in large numbers at the start and close of the school day.
There is no pavement on the lower part of Hallowes Lane (near the White Swan).
The junctions with Hollins Spring Avenue, Cemetery Road, Quoit Green and Chesterfield Road are busy.
The junction with Lea Road is busy, has poor visibility, and there is no safe refuge for pedestrians.
Roads and Road Safety – High Street
Main route through the town.
Road is narrow.
Road is very busy with the current number of residents.
The turning into the Civic Centre is difficult to negotiate owing to the presence of vehicles on the entrance road to the Civic Centre, there for the collection and dropping off of people with limited mobility at Dronfield Medical Centre.
There is no crossing point on High Street.
Parking at the Civic Centre, in both the front and rear car parks and the overflow car park, is increasingly difficult to come by. The car park is often full, especially when an event is taking place at the Civic Hall and/or the Peel Centre, which the car park serves.
Roads and Road Safety – Callywhite Lane
The extension to Callywhite Lane Industrial Estate will result in an increase in heavy traffic.
The present entrance to the Industrial Estate is situated at a mini-roundabout at which three main routes merge.
The present entrance to the Industrial Estate is in close proximity to Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School, from which almost 1800 students emerge every weekday.
There is no crossing point for pedestrians on Callywhite Lane. Crossing is hazardous, particularly at peak times.
Roads and Road Safety – Hill Top Road
The road is narrow.
Part of it is a single-carriageway farm track with no pavement.
Residents in terraced houses who have no off-street parking, plus those households with two or more cars, park their vehicles on the road. This reduces the road in part to a single lane.
The road is popular with horse riders – the road is a direct route to a farm.
The road is popular with walkers – it is a link from one part of the Dronfield Round Walk to the other, and also a link to the Chesterfield Round Walk.
There is no direct access to the site at I. The site is hemmed in by houses, a pub, and pub car park.
There is no direct access to the site at H. If access is granted via Hill Top Road, this would mean that the vehicles for a total of 420 additional houses would be using the road.
Hill Top Road is an established, semi-rural road, and such an increase in vehicles on the road would change its character.