New vote on Whaley Bridge housing development?

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

Campaigners are celebrating after claiming to have secured a new vote on plans for over 100 houses in Whaley Bridge.

The campaign group Whaley Bridge Matters (WBM) say they have forced a new vote from High Peak borough councillors on the plans to build 107 homes on a greenfield site between Macclesfield Road and Linglongs Road.

The group, which was set up in January 2014, has been taking legal advice in a bid to challenge a decision made by the borough council’s Development Control Committee last August to grant outline planning permission for the application by Gladman Homes.

Francesca Read, of WBM, said: “We have succeeded in getting the committee to rethink their earlier vote, which we always argued was unsound.

“We have been shown the draft of their new report, which still recommends approval, but believe that this report is also open to significant challenge and are consulting with our legal team.

“We hope that, given a second chance to consider this application, the committee make the right decision for the future of Whaley Bridge by protecting this beautiful site from development.”

WBM added that they were taking legal advice ahead of the next meeting of the committee on February 16.

A spokesperson for High Peak Borough Council confirmed that the application would be presented to the committee again because of a technical issue. However, they couldn’t confirm if this would happen at the February meeting.