Plans for 107 homes in Whaley on hold?

The proposed development site behind Macclesfield Road, looking toward Linglongs Road Whaley Bridge
The proposed development site behind Macclesfield Road, looking toward Linglongs Road Whaley Bridge

Campaigners fighting plans for 107 houses in Whaley Bridge claim to have succeeded in putting the scheme on hold after taking legal advice.

Whaley Bridge Matters (WBM) say the move means High Peak Borough Council planners can now look again at the application, and give proper consideration to the arguments against it raised by the local community.

Francesca Read, who addressed the planning committee meeting in August when outline plans for the site on Linglongs Road were approved, said: “We welcome the rethink.

“It gives the council an opportunity to look again at the way they disregarded strong community feelings, how they failed to look adequately at valid points being raised by local people. The community feel they were just swept aside.”

She added: “The August decision seemed to be bulldozed through. This is an opportunity for the council to finally look seriously at this proposal for development of a site which we think is not viable.

“It certainly gives us hope that residents will be able to speak out once more about their concerns and fears. To this end, we will be reminding the council of their duties under their adopted Statement of Community Involvement.”

WBM’s legal challenge included: concerns about highway safety around the site, especially Linglongs Road and Macclesfield Road, citing the danger to pedestrians; the council’s failure to take account of material considerations, including the impact of the development on residents and the ability of the site to deliver so many houses; and the council’s failure to properly assess the merits of the application in light of public concerns.

A spokesperson for High Peak Borough Council said: “The council will be reviewing the comments made in the letter and the letter will be put to a future meeting of the planning committee for their assessment.”