Council alters point of view

looking at a planning proposal from a neighbour’s point of view led councillors to refuse permission for the scheme.

High Peak councillors took the unusual step of going into a property neighbouring a proposed development to see what impact it would have.

The move prompted the members of High Peak’s Development Control Committee to unanimously refuse the application, against officers’ recommendations, for a new house to be built Cotton Close in Whaley Bridge.

Resident David Lees had told the meeting: “Our property has six windows in habitable rooms that face the plot.

“When you enter our property it all becomes clear that they would be completely obscured by the proposed development.

“All we will see is a stone wall just six feet away.”

Ward Councillor John Pritchard, who as well as Cllr David Lomax, had asked for the application to go before the committee said: “It would be a significant loss of amenity.”

Councillor Michael Harrison moving refusal of the proposed four bedroomed detached house said: “We had a site visit today and some of us took the opportunity of going into number 21.

“I absolutely agree with the current owner that this is overdevelopment and is inappropriate in this particular location.”

He said the design of number 21 was such, with so many windows in the gable end of the house, that it had never been intended for the green space to be developed.

Nine letters of objection had been received along with objections from members of Whaley Bridge Town Council which had raised a number of concerns including parking.