New Mills apartments plan is refused

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Plans for 14 apartments on the site of a former garage in New Mills have been turned down.

The application was for two separate blocks of two-bedroomed apartments, one three storeys high and one two storeys high on land at Hayfield Road.

At their meeting on Monday, members of High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control Committee refused the application because they felt its design and scale was not in character with the local area.

Speaking at the meeting, local ward councillor Beth Atkins said: “I believe that the apartments are far too close to existing neighbours.

“Where are the children going to play? There is no outdoor space.

“I’m somewhat concerned about parking. I feel that we’ve already got a lot of problems in that area and we’ve also got a problem with heavy traffic going up and down that road.”

But Rob Henderson, speaking on behalf of the developer, said: “We believe this type of home is especially needed.”

Cllr Lance Dowson said: “I always support development on brownfield sites before greenfield sites but it does have to be sensible development.”