Hadfield leisure complex to become flats

An artist's impression of the redeveloped Kingsmoor School, Hadfield. Credit: Redfern Architectural Services.

An artist's impression of the redeveloped Kingsmoor School, Hadfield. Credit: Redfern Architectural Services.

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Plans to convert Kingsmoor Leisure in Hadfield into 11 homes have been given the green light by the High Peak Borough Council.

Members of the development control committee voted unanimously to approve the proposal for the former Kingsmoor School, on Railway Street, at a meeting in Chapel on Monday.

At present, the property consists of a function room, a restaurant, a snooker club and a bowling alley and two one-bed flats, which will be retained.

The application, submitted by Steven Walsh, is to convert the existing building into one three-bed and six two-bed apartments .

A pair of three-bed semi-detached houses is proposed in the northern corner of the site, fronting onto Salisbury Street, and 20 car parking spaces would be provided.

Planning applications manager Mike Green reminded councillors that the plans were a revised scheme of an application for 14 residential units, which were refused in December and subsequently granted on appeal with costs awarded against the council.

He recommended members approve the latest application, saying: “To be frank, we would have no chance at all defending this at appeal. It’s less housing and more car parking than in 2012.”

Cllr Stewart Young pointed out that had the applicant listened to the committee’s suggestions for both those things when faced with the first application, the taxpayer wouldn’t have had to fund the appeal process.