Planning permission was reluctantly granted for a new housing development in Hayfield – despite members of the planning committee being unhappy with various aspects of the design.
The Development Control Committee had been left with no room for manoeuvre after an identical application for the site at Swallow House Lane had only been turned down on appeal as a study for great crested newts had not been completed.
As the application had not been turned down on any other grounds, the members of the committee would have been in difficulty rejecting the proposed development for 22 contemporary homes, including six affordable homes, now the study has been completed.
Cllr John Faulkner said: “There have been quite a lot of objections from local people, also the parish council and also governors of the school.”
They raised concerns on various issues including highway safety, pedestrian safety and the design and materials proposed.
But Cllr Faulkner, moving approval, said: “It would be very foolish of the planning committee to go against what the inspector has said on the matter.”
Cllr David Lomax said: “It is unfortunate. Had it been a different inspector they might have made a different decision.”
Members raised concerns about the design of the development which includes sedum and zinc roofs.
Cllr Tim Norton said the development would be totally out of keeping but the inspector had ruled it was acceptable.
And Cllr Stewart Young said he still had reservations about the layout of the site.
Committee Chairman David Mellor said he could not give his backing to the development.
“I can’t vote for this,” he told members.
The meeting was advised that as Derbyshire County Council, the Highway Authority, were happy with the scheme it would be difficult to refuse the application on highway grounds.
The application was passed, by a vote of eight to three with one abstention, subject to numerous conditions including a Section 106 agreement being completed by August 24 which forces the developer to give a £17,000 contribution to highway improvements.
l An application to build 12 new homes on land to the rear of 72 Brown Edge Road, Buxton was withdrawn prior to the meeting.