Homes plan thrown out

PLANS for three four-bedroom detached houses in New Mills have been turned down by councillors.

The application for a plot of land located between Church Lane and St George’s Road was refused at a meeting of High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control Committee last Monday.

An identical application for the site was refused planning permission in 2011 because councillors felt it would be inappropriate development in the greenbelt and the development would be detrimental to the amenity levels and historic character of the town.

However, the creation of the National Planning Policy Framework has since impacted on planning policies. It states that “where development is in a sustainable location, there is a presumption in favour of development”, councillors heard.

Despite this, members refused the application as they felt it would be out of keeping with the established pattern of development in the area, and would adversely impact the visual amenities of the locality.

Cllr Tim Norton said: “This has a very long planning history to it, going back to 2002. The goalposts have changed since the National Planning Policy Framework.

“I still have some concerns. I think it is very 50/50 but I think the officers have got it right with this recommendation (to refuse).”

Fourteen letters of objection were received by the borough council, raising issues with access, noise disturbance and the significant groundworks needed on the site.