Judicial review over Whaley housing?

Anti house building campaigners on their protest walk through Whaley Bridge
Anti house building campaigners on their protest walk through Whaley Bridge

Campaigners fighting plans for 107 new houses in Whaley Bridge are gearing up for a legal battle to save the greenfield site.

Whaley Bridge Matters (WBM) was set up in January as locals fought plans to develop fields bordered by Macclesfield Road and Linglongs Road.

But after outline planning permission for access to the site was approved by High Peak Borough Council last month, the group has now taken legal advice which they say could lead to a judicial review.

Kevin Worthington, chair of Whaley Bridge Matters, said: “We were all disappointed with the committee’s decision after all the hard work we had done since January.

“Our supporters were wonderfully generous in getting together the money for the legal advice.

“Our grounds for challenging the decision are linked to not only the process generally, but also problems of access to any new estate.

“The community has been very upset over the dangers from increased traffic, especially the latest proposed access on Macclesfield Road near a blind bend.

“If necessary, we are ready to raise more money should it come to a full judicial review with legal costs to be met.”

WBM said the site has been used over the years as a play area for local children and is a prime walking route to the Goyt Valley.

A spokesperson for High Peak Borough Council said: “The council has received a letter from a legal firm on behalf of local residents and is considering the contents of this letter.”