Please support Chellaston Residents’ Association to ensure it has sufficient funds in place to cover substantial legal costs arising from the campaign to oppose the demolition of the 350-year-old, Rose and Crown Pub to build a massive Lidl Store in the centre of Chellaston Village.
Despite overwhelming opposition, Derby City Council is poised to consent to this massive development sited next to a grade 2 listed building and only 10 metres away from the entrance to the Chellaston Academy, a secondary school of 1700+ pupils.
We have collected over 2000 signatures opposing the development, and the proposal has attracted nearly 400 letters of rejection to the Council. We believe that the Council must do more to ensure that our views and concerns are properly considered.
These are the issues facing Chellaston if the Lidl Development goes ahead:
- Our Academy children's safety will be put at greater risk twice daily from traffic using the store;
- The Rose and Crown which has existed for 350 years as a family friendly pub and a registered Asset of Community Value will be demolished to create a car park for Lidl;
- 29 trees mostly with preservation orders will be felled to be replaced with an out of character supermarket and a large car park.
In May, the Council published a report recommending approval of the proposal to the planning committee. Due to our serious concerns over the basis for this recommendation, we have engaged a Legal professional with experience in advocacy on planning and development proposals.
Our legal counsel has reviewed the DCC planning report and all associated documentation to the planning committee and is raising all relevant legal issues on behalf of the Residents’ Association regarding policy contraventions. Going forward, he will represent us in all necessary legal measures throughout this planning process.
In less than a month on the 20th of July, the proposals are likely to go before the planning committee for decision. We have already approached the Council democratically, meeting with officers and working through our Councillors. Despite our best efforts, Planning Officers have seemingly dismissed our concerns, and we now have little time to make a difference.
We can win this but we need your help to raise sufficient funds to challenge a proposal which will irreparably change life in Chellaston for the worse.
In the first instance, we need to raise £11 500 for legal costs for advocacy. An additional £500 is needed for printing and media costs to get the word out to the community. Should this proposal be approved by the planning committee, it may be necessary to raise additional funds to pursue a Judicial Review.
A small donation from each of our supporters will ensure that the welfare and safety of Chellaston will not be damaged irreparably.