Chapel could see 200 new homes added to boundary

The proposed building plot off Long Lane, Chapel
The proposed building plot off Long Lane, Chapel

Proposals to build 130 new homes on the edge of Chapel–en–le–Frith could see a quiet country lane transform into a congested main road.

If given the go-ahead, these homes will be added to the 66 properties approved for the lane by High Peak Borough Council this week – meaning a potential 196 new homes could be built on the site.

Shireen Macniven, who has lived on Long Lane for ten years, commented: “From being a quiet road on the edge of town we are suddenly going to be a busy road. It will totally change the character.

“49 houses currently face Long Lane and three commercial properties, so it’s going to increase the number of houses by five and massively increase the amount of traffic. It’s a very congested road already”

Seddon Homes has proposed the development. The firm is part of the Seddon Group, alongside its sister company, Seddon RDP, which is responsible for the 66 homes that have already been granted planning permission in partnership with Equity Housing Group.

When referring to the latest Chapel housing proposal, the Seddon Homes website states: “There will be provision of an informal public open space to the southern end of the site. The rural nature of this land will be retained giving access to Warm Brook. Other open green informal spaces suitable for low–key sports, games and exercise are also to be provided. These areas will be overlooked by the properties, creating good natural surveillance. Existing trees will be retained and strengthened with new planting.”

The company held a public meeting to consult with residents about the project, which raised questions for some.

Shireen said: “The high school is filled up. Where are all the children going to go?”

The increased number of cars on the road is a concern to many.

Cllr Stewart Young, ward member for Chapel, said: “It’s an extra 200 homes, which is approximately 400 cars.”

He added that some residents had concerns about issues such as drainage on the site, which is known for flooding, as well as sewerage and the habitat for bats.

For further information on the proposals, visit the Seddon Homes website www.seddonhomes-chapel.co.uk