Meeting over planning issues

More than 100 people attended a meeting held at Burbage Institute last week about planning development in the area.

Organised by High Peak Borough Councillor John Faulkner and the Green Holm Community Group, the meeting began with an update on the delay of the borough’s local plan and the consequences of such a delay.

Cllr Faulkner outlined how without a plan, the borough is vulnerable to developers and said that as the High Peak cannot demonstrate a five-year housing supply, this also risked development in areas that would spoil the natural beauty of the countryside.

The meeting also discussed a planning application submitted by Persimmon Homes for 32 houses at the top of Macclesfield Old Road.

Roger Floyd, secretary of the Green Holm Community Group, said the site was not designated for development under the 2005 local plan or the new local plan. He added that the development would be an eyesore and would generate more traffic.

Local people were urged to make their views on the application known before the borough council’s Development Control Committee meet to discuss it on August 5.