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A £750,000 investment by Miller Homes East Midlands is set to be injected into the Derbyshire village of Smalley as part of the housebuilders’ latest neighbourhood, Smalley Chase.


The funds will be divided between healthcare services, green spaces and school facilities, which will see plans to increase teaching support in primary, secondary and higher education.

A contribution of more than £339,000 will go towards the creation of 15 secondary places and six post-16 spots at Heanor Gate Science College. In addition to this, over £227,000 is being earmarked for additional teaching and support spaces to increase pupil numbers at Richardson Endowed Primary School.

To improve health services for the entire community, a combined total of £38,040 is being allocated to provide additional patient spaces at three GP practices in the area - Arthur Medical Centre, The Park Surgery in Heanor and Kelvingrove Heanor Surgeries.

In addition to this, further investment is being made to build new areas which will provide a safe space for the Smalley youth community to socialise and participate in sports activities. Lockton Avenue Playing Fields will receive a contribution to the tune of more than £45,000 for a new hard surface sports and youth facility. Heanor Town will also see a £19,000 grant towards enhancing its bowling green.

Other significant contributions include £5,000 for Derbyshire County Council’s travel plan. The scheme aims to encourage residents to travel by means other than single person car use where they can, increasing their walking, cycling, car share and public transport activity.

The first release of homes at Miller Homes’ Smalley Chase neighbourhood will launch towards the end of 2021. Comprising 100 homes, it will offer buyers a selection of two to four-bedroom homes, which all include gardens and home working spaces.

Commenting on the benefits of the latest investments into the Derbyshire community, area sales director for Miller Homes Midlands, Alistair Parsons, said:

“Investing in the local community is always an important part of any new neighbourhood we build and that’s as true for Smalley Chase as any other.

“I’m delighted that a large amount of funds will be going towards increasing facilities for the younger generation in Smalley. I’m confident that the investment into education providers will have a strong impact on the learning process of local pupils, and the youth facility will help younger people to develop crucial self-confidence and interpersonal skills. The investment in healthcare facilities, the bowling green and better transport links will also have a positive impact on the entire community.

“Our new Smalley Chase neighbourhood will be a great location for a number of house hunters already living in Derbyshire or looking to move to our beautiful county. With a reputation for its historical roots, charming gardens and its proximity to Derby and Nottingham, Smalley is ideal for individuals, couples and families looking for a village with community spirit.”

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