Amber Valley Borough Council are responsible for planning applications in Alfreton. There are statutory requirements that exist to ensure that applications are published, consulted on and determined by them whist taking into account the opinions of local councils (i.e Alfreton Town Council). Derbyshire County Council are responsible for minerals and waste planning throughout the county, apart from within the Peak District National Park or Derby city, both in terms of preparing plans and dealing with planning applications.
Notification of planning applications are received by Alfreton Town Council. These are then sent to the Chair and Vice-Chair of planning who are given the powers to respond to the application on behalf of the Council. All applications are then presented to Full Council at each meeting for any objections of comments to be ratified and resolved.
The link below can be used to view all planning applications of Amber Valley Borough Council, if you know of the address this can be input or you can search on ‘Alfreton’ in the address key word to show all applications made in Alfreton, these will include surrounding areas that use Alfreton in their address. Alfreton Town Council are only able to comment on those which are within the Council boundaries which are the A38, Railway line and Alfreton Brook.
What is a valid objection to a planning application?
The Borough Council can only take into account ‘material planning considerations’. The most common of these (although not an exhaustive list) are shown below:
- Loss of light or overshadowing
- Overlooking/loss of privacy
- Visual amenity (but not loss of private view)
- Adequacy of parking/loading/turning
- Highway safety
- Traffic generation
- Noise and disturbance resulting from use
- Hazardous materials
- Loss of trees
- Effect on listed building and conservation area
- Layout and density of building
- Design, appearance and materials
- Road access
- Local, strategic, regional and national planning policies
- Government circulars, orders and statutory instruments
- Disabled persons’ access
- Compensation and awards of costs against the Council at public enquiries
- Proposals in the Development Plan
- Previous planning decisions (including appeal decisions)
- Nature conservation
- Solar panels
They cannot take into account matters which are sometimes raised but are not normally planning considerations such as:
- The perceived loss of property value
- Private disputes between neighbours
- The loss of a view
- The impact of construction work or competition between firms
- Restrictive covenants
- Ownerships disputes over rights of way
- Fence lines etc
- Personal morals or views about the applicant.
A copy of the Draft Local Plan can be found here –
|Our Ref: AVA/2018/0978
Following the Full Council Meeting last night, the Town Council would like to make the following objections on application AVA/2018/0978
There is a concern for access and egress onto the site as it is located on the bend of a very busy road, which on the reports enclosed in the plans does not clearly identify the camber of the road. The details do not emphasis the topography of the area.
A few years ago the Town Council were requested not to install a welcome sign in the area at the true boundary adjacent to Parkside Stables due to poor visibility and the bad bend in the road immediately after, the obvious access to the riding stables and the riders who hack out, also pose an additional risk as well as pedestrians and vulnerable adults and children in that area. A crossing was refused previously.
It is understood that there have been access and egress issues with the other new development in that area which will be intensified with an additional housing development. The Town Council has on previous occasions requested a pedestrian crossing to access the park and Green Gables care home which has not been completed.
|Application Code: CD6/1018/66
Proposal: Construction of a 2 classroom stand-alone building
Location: Leys Junior School, Flowery Leys Lane, Alfreton
Applicant: Derbyshire County Council
The Town Council would like to make the following comment; that they do not support any building or development on green open space land
|Our Ref: AVA/2018/0094
Case Officer Details:
Given the proximity of residential properties the Town Council has concerns regarding noise and privacy issues.
Midlands Coop 89 Nottingham Road Alfreton Derbyshire DE55 7GR
Construction of two A1/D1 units, both 186m (internal floor area).
Mrs Catherine Butler-Worrall
Paul Wilson (01773) 841667
A decision is anticipated by 02/Mar/18 under the Delegated Powers.
made to remind Midlands Coop of the original condition that fences adjoining properties on Prospect Street were heightened.
The Kitchen And Bathroom Company Mansfield Road Alfreton Derbyshire DE55 7JQ
Extension and alteration to kitchen/bathroom showroom to provide 6 flats at first floor level and 4 flats on a new level in roof space
The Town Council would like to object on the grounds of lack of parking & current traffic issues in the area.A review is ongoing with DCC of road safety especially in relation to the roundabout & the Town Council would ask that any outcomes of this review are considered in line with this application.
Tesco Stores Ltd Hall Street Alfreton Derbyshire DE55 7BQ
Continued use of 9 parking bays to function as a hand car wash and valeting operation including installation of an office and erection of a canopy.
The Town Council is concerned about the continual erosion of the car parking provision within the original planning approval, which follows many deviations and failure to provide planning gain such as the promised town clock. These changes impact negatively on the local community in particular local residents who are subjected to overflow car parking from the decreasing car park provision.