Plan for flats near historic gardens

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PLANS to demolish a Buxton house and replace it with apartments have been refused by councillors.

The application, for land on St John’s Road, was turned down at a meeting of High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control Committee last Monday.

The site lies in the Buxton Park Conservation Area and is bordered by the Serpentine Walks, which is listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens grade II*.

Applicants Sycamore Developments were seeking planning permission and Conservation Area consent to demolish the existing two storey detached house at 33 St John’s Road and erect a two storey building with two wings comprising of six, two-bedroomed flats and eight car parking spaces with access from St John’s Road.

But councillors agreed with their officers recommendations and refused the application because “the proposed development, by reason of its scale and external appearance would be harmful to the character and appearance of the Conservation Area and the setting of the adjacent grade II* registered historic park.”

Previous applications for apartments on the site have also been refused.