58-home plan gets go-ahead in Dove Holes

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A Thai company has obtained planning permission to build 58 houses on the land to the rear of Hallsteads in Dove Holes.

Jalo Enterprises submitted its application for a residential development in June and it was approved on Monday by High Peak Borough councillors at Chapel-en-le-Frith Town Hall.

Members at the development control committee heard that the proposal referred to a three-hectare triangular site, bordered by housing estates The Meadows and designated wildlife site Ridgeclose Rocks.

The planning statement indicated a plan for 25 three-bed units and 33 four-bed units.

Planning officer Sue Ashworth told councillors that if approved, 30 per cent of the houses would be affordable and there would be a financial contribution towards open and play spaces.

Resident Alison Minks, who spoke out against the plans, said there was “no need at all” for more housing in Dove Holes and that there were 13 active farmers in the village, who considered the site valuable countryside.

She added: “The school is full. Years four, five and six are squashed into one classroom.”

Cllr Lance Dowson expressed concern about the ambiguity of the plans saying: “There’s so many things left open.”

Cllr Emily Thrane said: “I would recommend my approval with some regret.”