Harpur homes plan submitted to council

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Plans for almost 300 homes in Harpur Hill have been submitted by developers Harpur Homes.

The application, which was submitted to High Peak Borough Council at the end of October, is for outline planning permission for up to 275 dwellings, public open space, a creche and sports pavilion on land at Burlow Road and Heath Nook Road.

It is due to be determined by High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control Committee at their meeting on January 20.

Documentation accompanying the plans states the application is for: a maximum of 275 dwellings, on-site public open space provision, a 500 square metre nursery and a sports pavilion for use associated with the adjoining playing fields.

It adds that the dwellings will include 20 one bedroom affordable homes, 40 two bedroom affordable homes, 23 three bedroom affordable homes, 27 one bedroom and two bedroom retirement homes, 48 two bedroom open market homes, 65 three bedroom open market homes, 35 four bedroom open market homes and 17 five bedroom open market homes.

Residents in Harpur Hill have raised major concerns in recent months over the number of houses being planned for the area.

Locals fear up to 1,000 houses could be built in the area, leaving the local infrastructure unable to cope.

And the delay to the High Peak’s local plan, which is now not due to be adopted until February 2015, has also added to their concerns.

Philip Dowell, chairman of Harpur Hill Residents’ Association, said an extraordinary meeting of the association was being held last night (Wednesday) to discuss the plans.

He added that this, along with the results of a survey of Harpur Hill residents about what they want to see in the area, would form the basis of the association’s response to the application.

“Our biggest concern is the type of development and the type of housing and if it is conducive with the village atmosphere, as well as the general infrastructure of the village and if we can accommodate what is being proposed,” he said.