PROPOSALS to redevelop a former cheese factory site at Hartington have been unanimously turned down by the Peak District National Park planning committee.
The scheme from developers Cathelco of Chesterfield included 39 houses, plus business units, a recreation area including sports pitch and children’s playground, allotments and a car park.
The committee heard from 24 speakers, 22 of them objecting to the scheme.
After hearing all the representations and discussing the evidence members refused it on the grounds that its scale would be out of keeping with the village and damaging to the landscape and character of Hartington.
Chair of the planning committee John Herbert said he was pleased that so many from the local community had taken the time and trouble to come and speak at the hearing.
“I would like to congratulate all the speakers for the way they represented their views and for their discipline in what could have been a heated and passionate debate,” he said.
Hartington cheese factory was opened in 1876 and at its height employed 200 people, though most came from outside the village. It was shut down in 2009 after owners Dairy Crest sold it to rivals Long Clawson, which then moved its cheese production to an urban site outside the national park.