Glossop residents launch second fight

A second group of Glossop residents are preparing to ambush a council meeting, to protest against 150 homes being built on greenfield land.

The objectors, rallied by a recent successful campaign to save Shaw Fields, oppose the proposal by Gladman Developments for land off North Road, Glossop.

Plans for the 5.8-hectare site, which is currently three sloping pastoral fields, include 150 houses, as well as footpaths, meadow grassland, a pond and a children’s play area.

The application is due to be decided by High Peak Borough Council’s development control committee at a meeting at Chapel Town Hall, on September 2.

Liz Strek, who heads the North Road action group, said she hoped that by writing letters of objection and attending the meeting en masse, they hoped councillors would reject the proposal.

Inspired by the Save Shaw Fields movement of last month, she said the group have been garnering support by canvassing the area, armed with leaflets saying: “We need your help to save this now”.

She said: “This is a large green field site of open countryside next to the green belt. Due to the elevation of the proposed site it is visible from all vantage points around the town and the impact on the landscape of such a large development will be enormous. “These green fields are a non-renewable resource and once gone they will be gone forever, allowing urban sprawl to creep closer and closer to Hadfield and Padfield, closing the strategic gap between Glossop and these communities.”

Liz added that residents were concerned about the increase in traffic that 150 new properties would generate to Glossop’s roads, in particular the “severely congested” A57 at peak times.

She also questioned the sustainability of the site, doubting applicant Gladman’s claims that the area is well-served by public transport and within walking distance of the town centre.

She said: “The top of North Road is not an easy walking route to town and the hills make your return journey quite a challenge! The local hail and ride bus service is only available twice a day.”

Ward Councillor Jean Wharmby, said she intended to speak against the application at the meeting next Monday.

As previously reported in the Advertiser, plans for 93 homes on land, off Dinting Road, Hadfield, known locally as “Shaw Fields”, were rejected by councillors on August 5.