Nine-home proposal for Chapel refused

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Plans to build nine apartments in Chapel-en-le-Frith have been rejected to the relief of neighbours, who said their children used the land as a play area.

The decision was taken at High Peak Borough Council’s development control committee meeting at Chapel Town Hall on Monday.

Applicant Stephen Robinson, of Kapetil, sought permission to construct three one-bedroom units and six two-bedroom units in a T-shaped three-storey block on grassland off Burnside Avenue.

Members heard that officers recommended the plans for approval as the site was located within the built-up area boundary, with good links to the town centre and would help reduce the shortfall in housing provision.

The authority received 17 letters of objection on grounds including the loss of public open space and the lack of car parking.

Resident Darron Coe, opposed the development, telling councillors: “Increased flooding is inevitable. The banks of Black Brook are already eroded.”

Cllr Graham Oakley said: “Everyone with children will know that it’s a well used piece of land; it’s actively used by local children.”

The nine councillors present voted unanimously to refuse the plans.