Council rejects 93-home plans for Shaw Fields

Angry residents from Hadfield picket High Peak borough Council's planning meeting
Angry residents from Hadfield picket High Peak borough Council's planning meeting

Controversial plans for 93 homes in Hadfield have been thwarted by councillors to the relief of residents.

Loxley Developments’ proposal for land at Dinting Road and Shaw Lane was refused by members of the Development Control Commitee at a High Peak Borough Council meeting at Chapel-en-le-Frith Town Hall, on Monday.

Objectors turned out in force at the meeting, breaking into applause when councillors rejected the outline application, despite it being recommended for approval by planning officers.

Members heard that the authority received 64 letters of objection and a petition of 227 signatures opposing the development on the grounds that the 4.7-hectare site should be maintained as green space, that brownfield sites should be explored for housing in preference to green belt and open countryside and that the land is a strategic gap Glossop and Hadfield.

But in the council report, it said: “This site is considered to be sustainable and would provide significant economic and social benefits including additional house to meet the five year supply, an element of affordable housing to meet local need, jobs during the construction period and a new homes bonus.”

But Cllr Robert McKeown questioned the walking distances provided by the developer to Glossop amenities from the site, branding them unrealistic and saying: “It’s the middle of nowhere!”

Cllr Graham Oakley agreed, saying: “Probably the only person to want this to take place is the developer.”

Following the decision, Sally Wilde, one of the Hadfield campaigners, said: “We’re absolutely over the moon; we’re really pleased. It was a fantastic turnout. It was a nice feeling. The councillors who rejected it were saying what we were saying.

“They listened to us which is the main thing. We got together as a community and made a difference. We’ve saved Shaw Fields and protected the countryside.”

She added: “But we won’t be resting on our laurels until the local plan is in place.”