Chapel housing site plans agreed by councillors

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Design plans for a new housing estate in Chapel-en-le-Frith have been approved by councillors.

At a meeting last Monday, members of High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control Committee agreed a reserved matters application for a site on Manchester Road/Crossings Road.

Submitted by developers Barratt Homes, the application sought consent for 105 residential properties with layout, appearance, scale and internal landscaping to be agreed.

It had been deferred at the last meeting of the committee because members felt they didn’t have enough information on a number of issues, including drainage, the siting of three-storey properties and the adoption of roads.

An outline application for houses on the site was refused in 2011 by the council, but was approved on appeal in August 2012.

Cllr Stewart Young said: “I know we’ve got to have houses on this site because the inspector said so but I still don’t like this. I think the three-storey buildings will be out of keeping with the area.”

And Cllr Bob McKeown added: “I’m still not happy with some things but I think time is very short to get this application sorted now.”