Go-ahead for homes despite objections

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A BROWNFIELD site in New Mills has been given the go-ahead to be used for residential development.

The Town Council had raised concerns over access to the site off Marsh Lane but members of High Peak’s Development Control Committee heard that the county highways authority were happy with the proposal.

Planning Applications Manager, Mike Green said: “As far as access is concerned, the highway authority accept it subject to a maximum of 29 dwellings.”

Councillor Alan Barrow said concern had been expressed about the possibility of asbestos and heavy metal contaminants on site.

However, the committee was told that Environmental Health officials were satisfied with the development, subject to conditions.

A total of 37 letters of objection had been received highlighting a number of issues.

Cllr Emily Thrane, moving approval, said: “It is a miracle that highway put something in we actually understand (see page eight). Environmental Health officers are satisfied remediation can be carried out and there will be safeguards in place.”

However members turned down plans on an adjacent site to knock down a barn building and rebuild it as a home as all windows would look onto the new access road.

Members were also unhappy about the proposed subdivision of an existing property, creating very small gardens.