We urge Erewash Borough Council to withdraw its proposal to build 300 houses at Sawley.

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Peter Briers
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We the undersigned acknowledge that there is a need for additional affordable housing in the Long Eaton & Sawley  Conurbation, but we do not believe the proposed development of 300 houses north of Lock Lane on the 9 hole  golf course is suitable, and it will be detrimental to the diversity and protection of the nature reserve, neither will it be affordable or social housing.

It will destroy the nature  reserve, which is home to a wide range of wildlife and their habitat.

The Area is a flood bank and houses would be at risk of flooding or increase flooding in other parts of the area.

The proposed housing will be isolated and could well be cut off from Emergency Vehicles in the event that the level crossing becomes stuck.

The road infrastructure would  not cope with some 500 - 600 vehicles using Lock Lane, specifically the junction with Tamworth Road. In its own report,  Erewash acknowledged that many vehicles would use Netherfield and Reedman as cut through and cause noise and safety concerns to local residents.

Its estimated that around 140 additional junior school children could result from the proposed development, causing further strain on Sawley’s overcrowded schools which are already exceeding their capability.

Local health provision would not cope with the increased population.

We urge Erewash Borough Council and specifically all local councillors to reject this proposal and instead to look for more suitable development of affordable and social housing spread across the Long Eaton and Sawley Conurbation on Brown Field sites, which there are many.

We also urge the council to press for improved public transport, health provision and investment in local schools throughout the wider area to accommodate any increase in population.