Plans approved in principle for new housing

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Planning chiefs have agreed in principle a small housing development to go on a former industrial site in Whaley Bridge.

Outline planning permission for houses to be built upon land at Gisborne Yard, off Old Road, by High Peak Borough Council’s development control committee.

The initial plans consist of eight or nine terraced properties and five detached dwellings for the site, which is bordered by the railway line. However planners have said the site is only likely to be able to accommodate around five houses due to its unusual shape.

Councillor David Lomax commented: “This site was an industrial unit running heavy vehicles from it. It has been a source of nuisance for residents nearby.”

He said in particular the site was used to house a stock car assembly, which has often been complained about by residents.

Cllr Lomax pointed out there would need to be noise proofing carried out on the properties if they were built next to the railway.

“We need to make sure we get in place good acoustics in these houses,” he added.

Cllr John Faulkner said: “I agree with officers comments that 13 or 14 units are far too many.”