Councillors have hit out at the local plan predicament once again, claiming their hands were tied as they reluctantly approved plans for 83 homes in Dove Holes.
Members of High Peak Borough Council’s development control committee granted permission to a development on land off Hallsteads, despite a lengthy debate expressing their opposition on grounds of increased traffic, oversubscribed schools and the loss of green space.
The application, submitted by Hallstead Homes, is for a rectangular area of grassland which borders the railway line and features 25 affordable homes and a shop.
Councillors heard that as the authority could not demonstrate a five-year supply of deliverable housing sites and the emerging local plan had not yet been subjected to public consultation, relevant planning policies were to be considered out of date.
Therefore, many reasons for objecting were unlikely to stand up at appeal.
Speaking at the meeting at Chapel-en-le-Frith town hall on Monday, senior planning officer Jane Colley said: “At the present time, we can only demonstrate a 3.8 year land supply and therefore due to its location, provision of affordable housing and economic benefits, the principle is acceptable.”
Cllr Young said: “I’m just bamboozled with all this again. I feel it’s not sustainable. Three-storey buildings will not fit in, it’s not a town. It’s time to stop the building until the local plan is ratified. I cannot support the recommendation.”
“I feel like my hands are being pushed up my back further and further,” agreed Cllr Linda Leather. “I think it’s totally and utterly wrong.”
The council received 65 letters of objection from residents, as well as negative representations about the proposal from Chapel-en-le-Frith Parish Council and Chapel Vision.
Speaker Shairon Rodgers, a Dove Holes resident, said: “Why do we keep ravaging our countryside with concrete eyesores?”
While villager Alison Beeson questioned the demand for housing, saying: “Again it’s greed not need pushing this development.”
Cllr John Faulkner said: “It’s with a heavy heart that I move this for approval.”
Eight councillors voted in favour of the proposal and four against. A condition was imposed to ensure the shop would not be able to apply for change of use.
A 58-home development was approved for a nearby site off Hallsteads last month.