A Glossop action group is celebrating their first victory after greenfield land off North Road, Dinting, was saved from a 150-home development.
Councillors rejected the application unanimously at High Peak Borough Council’s development control committee meeting on Monday afternoon at Chapel-en-le-Frith town hall.
More than 50 North Road Objectors attended to hear the fate of the three pastoral fields.
As previously reported in the Advertiser, inspired by a successful campaign to protect Hadfield’s Shaw Fields in July, Liz Strek rallied Glossop residents with leaflets saying: “We need your help with this now”.
At the meeting, members heard that Gladman Developments sought permission to develop the 5.8-hectare site into a residential estate, of which 30 per cent of homes would be affordable.
Planning officers revealed that the council had received more than 80 letters of objection and recommended that the proposal be refused on several grounds including a net loss of biodiversity and the lack of a suitable flood risk assessment.
Speaking on behalf of residents, Liz said: “We feel that this site is unsuitable due to its elevation and its proximity to the countryside.”
Ward Cllr Jean Wharmby also opposed the plans, decribing the potential impact of the plans on the wildlife as “devastating” and concluding: “It would be a crime to have houses built on this land.”
Cllr Robert McKeown opened the debate, critising the sustainability of the site and the lack of bus services nearby.
The proposal was refused 11 to none.
After the decision, Liz said: “We’re very happy, but that’s stage one. We’ve got what we wanted but that won’t stop Gladman at all. We think they’ll be back.
“We’re going continue having meetings. Today, showed that there’s a lot of ground level support for what we’re doing and we need to keep people interested so we can keep presenting our case to the council.”