A second round of public consultation on Erewash Borough Council’s proposed sites for new housing over the next two decades has been given the go-ahead.

At an Extraordinary meeting of the council held on Thursday 25 March, councillors voted on a further exercise to get underway to ask the public for their views.

Have your say on the Revised Options for Growth by taking part in the online consultation.

A report going to the meeting shows that following last year’s 12-week consultation (extended to July 2020), the council has made some changes to its original preferred options for sites to meet the borough’s housing needs.

The original proposals included building new homes on the Green Belt at four local sites – west of Acorn Way in Oakwood; adjacent to Cotmanhay Wood, Ilkeston; a site south-east of Kirk Hallam; and land north of Lock Lane, Sawley.

However, it is recommended that Lock Lane is dropped from a new revised list of options for housing growth, with the council’s report saying no solutions have been found to development issues caused by the busy low level freight rail crossing near the site. This recommendation has been approved.

Councillors were advised that another proposed Green Belt site would replace Lock Lane in the next round of consultation – a site on the borough’s boundary with Derby City north of Spondon alongside Spondon Wood.

The report also outlines further proposed changes to the earlier preferred sites:

  • An extension to the original development at Kirk Hallam, due to a now reduced area of housing capacity on four fields north of Cotmanhay and west of Cotmanhay Wood. The owner of land east of the Wood, which was also included in the original consultation, has said they do not wish to develop their land for housing.
  • It says extension of the site south west of Kirk Hallam would sit alongside land within the proposed Kirk Hallam Relief Road and help with the go-ahead of that road.

The brownfield Stanton Regeneration Site will remain as a proposal for a 1,000 home community south of Lows Lane. This follows the sale of half of the former Ironworks site to the north of Lows Lane for employment development.

A report to the Extraordinary meeting says it is hoped a second consultation would lead to a full proposed Core Strategy by September this year and that initial house building would begin, at the earliest, by 2022/23.

All relevant documents and full details of the sites can be found on the Core Strategy Review page. Printed copies can also be requested by calling 0115 907 2244.

Responses can be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to: Planning Policy, Long Eaton Town Hall, Derby Road, Long Eaton NG10 1HU.