‘Harmful’ flat bid snubbed

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A proposal for 23 apartments in Whaley Bridge has been refused on the grounds it was too unimaginative, too unattractive – and would be “harmful” to the Peak Forest Canal.

The application for two apartment blocks at Hogs Yard, Buxton Road, adjacent to the Tesco supermarket, was refused by High Peak Borough Council at a meeting on Monday.

A report by planning officers, which recommended that councillors refuse the application, said: “The development would fail to provide a cohesive and attractive environment for residential development, (as well as being) harmful to the canal setting and wider area.

“For these reasons it is considered that the resultant harm would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the limited benefits of the scheme.”

The report added: “The proposed development fails to take advantage of its riverside setting...

“(It) is therefore not considered to be acceptable... as the design and layout fails to respond to its context and provide an attractive place to live.”

There were concerns raised by members that some apartments could be gloomy and damp.

It was also feared that the plan failed to provide a strong gateway from the canal to the town centre.

Delivering the final damning blow for the proposals, Coun John Kappes said: “It would be wonderful if the developer could go away and come up with some more imaginative ideas for this.”