Plan for 182 homes on former Dorma site approved on appeal

The former Dorma site in Chinley.
The former Dorma site in Chinley.

A major redevelopment plan for a former High Peak business site has been approved on appeal by the Planning Inspectorate.

The plans, to build up to 182 new homes, along with business space, community facilities and more, at the Forge Works site in Chinley, were refused by High Peak Borough Council in November.

However, an appeal was made against the refusal, and the Planning Inspectorate have now granted outline planning permission for the development at the former Dorma factory.

Mark Whylie, Managing Director of Innovation Forge Ltd, who submitted the planning application with Woodford Land Ltd, said: “We are delighted that the Inspector has agreed with the case we put forward at the Inquiry.

“This site is clearly surplus to requirements as an employment site and given the acute shortage of market and affordable housing in the High Peak, redevelopment will be a huge boost to the area”.

But Councillor Audrey Bramah, who represents the Blackbrook ward on High Peak Borough Council, said: “The majority of people in Chinley, including myself are gutted at the Dorma site being given planning permission.

“The problems from so much extra traffic, that will occur in Chinley and Whitehough regarding pedestrian safety and highway issues are critical.”

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