Parish council takes housing fears to MP

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Major concerns over the level of development in Chapel-en-le-Frith have led to the area’s parish council writing to High Peak Andrew Bingham.

Members of Chapel Parish Council feel the majority of development within the central area of the High Peak is being concentrated within the Chapel parish because the area doesn’t have the benefits of green belt and other constraints on house building.

A spokesperson said: “The parish council have expressed their concern about the excessive level of approvals to High Peak Borough Council and its development control committee, yet they feel their views are not taken into account.

“The parish council are about to consult on the draft neighbourhood plan and have expressed concern to the MP that the fact there is an emerging neighbourhood plan is not considered a material fact when planning applications are being determined. “Members are concerned the current level of development is unsustainable given the infrastructure constraints and that it is damaging to the character of Chapel-en-le-Frith and Dove Holes which run the risk of becoming dormitary settlements for commuters.

“The council consider this matter sufficiently serious and have asked to meet with the MP on this issue.”