Deadlock in homes row

A PLANNING inspector is now set to determine the future of Taxal Lodge in Whaley Bridge after a second application for the site was refused.

The plan for 14 homes was refused due to the lack of provision for affordable housing on the site or via a contribution to affordable housing elsewhere, as demanded under local planning policy.

The applicants had reiterated their claims that there was not sufficient profit in their scheme to pay for affordable housing to be included.

The argument centres on two separate appraisals by experts working on behalf of the applicants and the council in their judgement on how the development would cost to build.

Mr Sedgwick, agent for the applicants, said: “I am very disappointed with the recommendation.” He said that since the last meeting he had instructed independent chartered surveyors whose costings were very similar to his .

Councillor Michael Harrison said: “The report makes it clear affordable housing would not be appropriate on the site as it is quite remote. The site undoubtedly needs developing.”

He said the committee were faced with two sets of consultants contradicting each other.

A local appeal hearing into the earlier application is to be held on March 1.

• PLANS for an affordable housing scheme in New Mills that would have been “completely out of character” have been rejected unanimously by councillors.

The proposals for 18 one- and two-bed roomed apartments, in two three-storey blocks, on the site on Hayfield Road were slammed at the meeting on Monday.

Neighbours, while not opposed to the site being re-developed, raised concerns over the scale of the development proposed, privacy, the design and size of the buildings and the lack of parking. Nine letters of objection had been submitted along with a 25-name petition.

Cllr Michael Harrison said: “We do need affordable housing but this is not a good scheme.”