Hodthorpe: Residents object to new homes proposal

Residents in Hodthorpe have objected to plans to build 180 new homes on land off Broad Lane which is currently unused green land used for animals.
Residents in Hodthorpe have objected to plans to build 180 new homes on land off Broad Lane which is currently unused green land used for animals.

Residents in Hodthorpe have raised concerns about plans to build more than 100 new homes in the village.

Bolsover District Council received a planning application from Partner Investments Ltd to build 160 new homes and a community facility beside Broad Lane in October last year.

The developer says a range of properties will be available for those wanting to raise children in the village, those looking for smaller homes for retirement and first time buyers.

Local people have since lodged objections on the Bolsover Council website.

Geoffrey Berrell, of King Street, Hodthorpe, wrote: “It would totally destroy this very close community, which attracted us in the first place.”

“The size of this development would create a crime increase in the village, which at present is nil tolerance.”

Linda Kerry, of King Street, wrote: “The roads through Hodthorpe on both King Street and Queens Road are already an issue to get down due to parked cars and an increase in the volume of traffic would add to this.”

“The school would not be able to accommodate a large increase in pupil numbers without it being extended.”

Partner Investments say they are proposing to deliver a mixture of ‘traditional homes’, upgrade existing public footpaths, provide a new community facility suitable for a crèche or day nursery or alternatively for a new community hall, protect local allotments and ‘boost viability’ of bus services running to Worksop and Chesterfield.

Matt Spawton from Partner Investments said: “Hodthorpe is a beautiful village with a great school. We feel this is why 44 people in Hodthorpe and surrounding villages have already contacted us about buying a new home at the proposed development, including families looking for more space. Finding suitable homes for local families will help Hodthorpe keep its school by boosting pupil numbers. More homes will help the village sustain its local bus routes and build a community that is better able to keep its own services and facilities.”