Elected members of the North East Derbyshire District Council Planning Committee have agreed, with planning officers’ recommendation, to grant Harworth Estates planning permission to build 34 new homes in the Derbyshire village of Morton, near Alfreton. The homes will be built on 3.9 acres of former agricultural land owned by Harworth Estates, off the B6014 Stretton Road, and will feature a recreation area to which the public will have access.
The new development will feature a mix of three- and four-bedroom detached, semi-detached and terraced houses, each with a garden and parking in line with the Council’s requirements.
Adam Murray, senior planner at Harworth Estates, recognises the importance of the new development to the village and the district as a whole:
“We have designed this development incorporating ideas gleaned from the local community for the improvement of the village. It is a small village of only around 550 houses, so the addition of 34 new homes will be an exciting and significant development.
“It is important to Harworth Estates that we contribute to sustainable economic development wherever we work, so here we are helping to address the district’s housing shortage and adding significantly to the critical mass of the village, meaning the village services will be sustained and enhanced – in particular through the provision of funding towards education and recreation space.
“Harworth Estates has applied the ‘Building for Life’ philosophy to the development, to ensure a high quality development. It will deliver 20% of the new homes in the ‘affordable’ category and a significant area of bio-diverse public open space will be developed.
“We are also being sensitive to the linear layout of the existing village and are maintaining the historic pattern of development along Stretton Road by infilling a vacant plot rather than increasing the built fabric of the village.”
The next step in the development will see Harworth Estates appoint a house builder for the Morton project.