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Council’s anger at road through ancient woodland in Whaley Bridge

Cllrs Martin Thomas and John Pritchard at Scar Wood, Whaley Bridge

Cllrs Martin Thomas and John Pritchard at Scar Wood, Whaley Bridge

Whaley Bridge Town Council hope to put the brakes on plans to build a new road through an ancient woodland.

The application for a proposed road off Start Lane, submitted by Robert Statters, of Wharf Road, Whaley Bridge, was approved by High Peak Borough Council by delegation last month.

Speaking at a town council meeting on Thursday at the Mechanics Insitute, Cllr John Pritchard said: “The first I knew about this was after Christmas, after it had been approved.”

He said four residents had asked him to keep an eye on the proposal for Scar Wood and that he had made enquiries to High Peak Borough Council’s arboricultural officer Monica Gillespie.

“The planning application doesn’t give any information whatsoever. I don’t know what the boundary of the land is. It could affect the ancient woodland,” Cllr Pritchard added. “I was concerned that members were not notified about it.”

Clerk Stephanie Raybould explained that because the application was an agricultural determination, the town council was not a statutory consultee. Councillors resolved to write to the authority to request that the woodland become protected by a tree preservation order.

 

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