164 homes approved for Chapel manufacturing site

Ferodo / Federal Mogul site, Chapel en le Frith
Ferodo / Federal Mogul site, Chapel en le Frith

Part of a Chapel–en–le–Frith factory site is to be taken over by housing after a development of 164 homes was approved.

The homes, which will be built on part of the Federal Mogul site, were approved by High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control Committee in a meeting on Monday.

The development will consist of a mixture of one–bedroom apartments, two–bedroom houses, 42 three–bedroom four–bedroom houses.

Addressing the committee, Chapel resident Arthur Carrington said: “The part of the development that I object to is the part that comes onto Burrfields Road, both for highway safety and parking provision.

“There will be no safe parking space on the road for existing residents. The new residents will exit their drives with very little visibility into fast moving traffic because Burrfields is also a rat run to get to the bypass.

“Some of the houses will be two and a half storeys. They are essentially three storey houses – they will overlook the cottages.”

Councillor Graham Oakley commented: “95 per cent of the houses are three bedrooms or more and that’s not what Chapel requires. It also doesn’t really support people getting onto the ladder for the first time.

“We have got a top heavy development of larger houses that probably aren’t going to go to local people, which I think is something to regret.”

Members echoed concerns raised by the council’s tree officer about the future of trees on the site’s boundary.

They voted in favour of the development on the grounds that suitable arrangements be made to manage the trees in perpetuity.

The development of the land will raise £1.6million for Federal Mogul – money that will go towards the modernisation of the existing factory.

In the same meeting, the committee approved plans to demolish two blocks on the site in order to build a new security lodge and perimeter fence.

Speaking on behalf of the company, Ruairi McCafferty said: “Federal Mogul are proud of its 110 year history.”

He explained once they had they money, they would be able to create a more productive factory with new car parks, significantly reduced noise and more job security for its 464 employees.

Cllr Bob McKeown commented: “It has my support, as does anything that creates jobs and it’s a boost to the local economy.”