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Campaigners claim housing victory

Plans to build up to 1,000 homes on a former power station site in south Derbyshire have been thrown out.

The government has turned down RWE Npower's application to develop land at the Willington site after seven years of arguments and two public inquiries.

Campaigners said the risk from flooding and the pressure on local roads made the location completely unsuitable.

But outline permission was given for nearly 1,200 homes on the Highfields Farm site, just north of Findern.

Resident John Orme, who gave evidence to the Willington inquiry, said: "We knew all along it was a very poorly presented and a poorly placed application.

"We have now been through two public inquiries and the two inspectors have come up with virtually the same response - and that is that it is just not on to build those 1,000 houses in this area".

A spokesman for RWE Npower said the firm was disappointed by the decision.

"We will now carefully consider our options for the brownfield site before making any further investment decisions and will keep the local community updated," he said.

The government also turned down plans for 850 homes in Wragley Way, Sinfin, following a nine-month inquiry.

Outline planning permission was granted for 500 homes in Stenson Fields, 1,058 on London Road and Shardlow Road on the outskirts of Derby as well as those near Findern.

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