Chinley plan is just too big

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DEVELOPERS have been urged to scale back their plans to redevelop the former Dorma factory site in Chinley.

While neighbours would welcome some form of development on the derelict site they fear the proposals for 182 homes, 25,000 sq ft of industrial units and a children’s nursery are too large to be sustained.

After two public consultation events the number of homes was reduced but a group of residents have joined forces on an informal basis to express their concerns and call for the plans to be further revisited.

They fear an estate of the size proposed by developers Copperleaf would dominate the parish of Whitehough, and overwhelm the limited services available in Chinley.

“Apart from two pubs and a post-box, Whitehough offers nothing. Chinley has a small handful of shops, limited bus and train services, volunteer-run community centre and recreation area, WI hall, and a pub on the outskirts of the village,” said a spokesman for the group.

The numerous issues for them include access as only one access point is planned using an awkward junction onto narrow roads that have no footpaths, and is liable to flooding.

“Surely the developer must provide alternative access simply on emergency and safety grounds,” said the group.

The sudden influx of vehicles is also a concern with parking already a problem as many residents have to park on the road, making narrow roads even narrower.

With an influx of perhaps up to 300 cars the group say the problems will only get worse. “For those using the train the station car-park is full by about 8am - as are the trains - so late-comers add to the on-road congestion; low-bridges are frequently rammed by high vehicles whose drivers rely on Sat-Navs and ignore warning signs, bringing long delays and more congestion.”

Demand for commercial development is also questioned as the former council offices, with good access and on site parking have still to be sold.

The plans have been submitted to High Peak Borough Council and will soon be available to view at www.highpeak.gov.uk. The applications will be determined by the Development Control Committee in the spring.