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RESIDENTS in Whaley Bridge have voiced strong opposition to plan to convert a historic farm complex.

If approved ten new homes, six to be converted from existing buildings and four new build properties, would be created at Reddish Farm, off Reddish Lane.

John Hooley told the Town Council that the farm buildings had a historic value and the materials proposed were unsympathetic. His concerns were that a greenfield site was being developed; it would overlook nearby properties, and the potential for noise and light pollution.

Peter Nixon said the access road was a cause for concern, particularly the blind bend on the single-track lane.

Councillor David Lomax suggest the Council write to the planning authority to say it would be an unsympathetic overdevelopment. He also highlighted that the site was close to the Midshires Way.

Cllr Martin Thomas said: “I have concerns about the junction of Reddish Lane and Reddish Avenue. It is already dangerous.”

But Cllr Rodney Gilmour said: “If buildings are left and aren’t maintained they will fall into disrepair.”

Council Chairman Jon Goldfinch said the developers had used sympathetic materials.

Councillors are to ask for a site visit and agreed following a vote to comment that it was an unsympathetic development; that suitable drainage would be needed; there was potential for noise and light pollution and the effect on the habitats of protected wildlife.

• The application will go before High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control Committee in August.