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The page is useful for anyone who has never objected before, as it takes you through the way to draft an objection and the details you need to consider including.

For those who may have objected before, it gives some useful information and tips you may not have thought of.

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Last night, Councillors on High Peak’s Development Control Committee stood up for both the interests and well-being of Hadfield’s residents and the environment. In the past the committee has been accused of simply rubber stamping recommendations put before them by the Planning Department. Not this time though. The Planning Department was looking for approval for a scheme to replace Brookside Bungalow on Lambgates Lane in Hadfield with a twenty-unit apartment block. To their great credit, Committee members rejected it unanimously.

The scheme involved surrendering supposedly protected public parkland to the developer, Johnnie Johnson. To make way for the development, many beautiful mature trees would have been felled, the bungalow demolished and the site covered by a three-storey building and a car park destroying the peaceful, rural character of the area forever. Even the illustrations produced by the developer of how the finished scheme would appear were a complete turn-off. Only one phrase came to mind to describe the proposal – as ugly as sin.

A planning consultant speaking for local residents drew attention to the ludicrously high effective housing density figure entailed in the scheme, actually some five or six times the maximum you would expect in a suburban area under government guidelines. Furthermore, the proposed access to the development, to be achieved by making up the existing gravelled lane into one-lane but two-way road, would simply turn into a ‘rat-run’ for impatient motorists. Councillor Pearson added that the access was completely inadequate for large vehicles, such as removal vans, council refuse wagons and particularly Emergency vehicles. Councillor Peter Kay pointed out that, on top of all its other faults, the proposal didn’t even provide what first-time buyers wanted which was inexpensive housing, not apartments.

Given the obvious failings of the scheme it is difficult to see why the Planning Department backed it in the first place. As Councillor Harrison said, “Affordable housing, yes – but not at any price”.

Keep High Peak Green assisted residents in opposing this development. If you would like our help, please get in touch.

We would like to draw to the attention of High Peak residents a planned housing development that we think has wide and far-reaching significance.

The Johnnie Johnson Housing Association has applied to High Peak Borough Council to build a 3 storey complex of 20 flats on land occupied currently by one home in Hadfield. The plan comes before High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control Committee next Monday (11th August), and planning officers – including the head of planning Adrian Fisher – have already recommended approval.

People in the Hadfield area are probably well aware of this scheme by now, but people in the rest of the High Peak may not be. We feel that it concerns all people in the Borough as it is typical of the Council’s present approach to planning. It is prepared to sell public land and endorse development on greenfield sites and countryside at very high densities in order to meet targets set by central and regional government, irrespective of the damage it causes to our urban or natural environment or local opposition.

It is ironic that the borough is prepared to blindly sacrifice our heritage to meet essentially arbitrary targets set for affordable housing when much of the current ‘shared ownership’ housing in Hadfield and elsewhere in High Peak is standing empty, unable to find buyers.

Furthermore, the residents affected by this scheme have many important concerns about the effects on their lives, as well as others in the community. They are concerned about traffic because of the construction of a new roadway, the loss of amenity in the green spaces being claimed by this project, the loss of mature trees, and the effect upon a protected species – Pipistrelle Bats – that roost in the current property.

Although the formal deadline to object to the plans has lapsed, it is possible to object right up until the deadline. We encourage residents of the whole of the High Peak, not just those living within the immediate vicinity of Hadfield, to object to these environmentally damaging proposals.

This can be done by e-mailing the planning officer Anne Jordan, quoting reference HPK/2008/0369, at annej@highpeak.gov.uk or writing to her at:

Planning and Development Services
Municipal Buildings
Glossop
SK13 8AF

Raise any questions you have about the application by calling 0845 129 7777 and asking for extension 3714.

We are keen to hear from anyone in the High Peak who requires advice and assistance on unwanted and unnecessary development, either large or small.