Decision on Whaley home plans deferred

The proposed development site behind Macclesfield Road, looking toward Linglongs Road Whaley Bridge
The proposed development site behind Macclesfield Road, looking toward Linglongs Road Whaley Bridge

The redetermination of a controversial planning application for more than 100 new houses in Whaley Bridge has been deferred.

Members of High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control Committee were due to redetermine the proposals for Linglongs Road at their meeting on Monday, but deferred the application to a future date because of new information that had been received over the weekend.

The application by Gladman Homes to build 107 homes on the site, was initially considered and approved by the committee at a meeting in August last year.

But since then, members of the campaign group Whaley Bridge Matters have taken legal advice in a bid to challenge the council’s decision to grant outline planning permission for the site.

After hearing that council officers hadn’t had enough time to consider the new information they had received, Cllr John Faulkner said: “Clearly additional information has come into the council which the officers have not had a chance to evaluate.

“Bearing in mind that some of the officers dealing with this application aren’t here this makes it even more difficult for the council to evaluate the situation.

“Therefore I think it will be prudent to defer a decision on this until such time that a proper evaluation of that information has been made.”

It is not yet clear whether the application will be determined at the development control committee’s next meeting on March 16, or whether a special meeting will be held at some point before then.