Plans for 120 houses on green field land in Buxton

Adele Snook from Persimmon Homes at the consultation for 120 homes on Leek Road in Buxton
Adele Snook from Persimmon Homes at the consultation for 120 homes on Leek Road in Buxton

Angry residents fear plans for a new housing develop will spoil ‘beautiful’ green field land and put a strain on services.

A consultation was held by developer Persimmon to gauge reaction to the plans, submitted to High Peak Borough Council for land at Leek Road.

One resident, Elizabeth Donnelly, 61, said the housing should be built on designated brown field land.

She said: “If the plans go ahead it will break my heart. I know there is a housing shortage but why build here on beautiful green fields?

“Also in bad weather people park on the main road because they can’t get out of their drives. The buses can’t get past and neither can the emergency services so how bad will it be when in snows and there are 120 extra cars?”

The proposed plan is for 120 new homes, of which 30 per cent (36 homes) will be affordable; a mix of predominantly two-storey detached, semi-detached and terraced properties between two and four bedrooms.

The 36 affordable properties, will be made up of 29 social renting and seven shared ownership homes, in line with adopted policy requirements.

Adele Snook, strategic land and planning director at Persimmon Homes, said: “We recently completed a development in Harpur Hill and we have confidence in this location and know it will sell well.

“We have already had people enquiring about taking on a house and that is before plans have even been submitted so we feel this is the right time and there is the support for this development which is very encouraging.”

The development will include a children’s play space and cars will access the site from A54 Macclesfield Main Road to the south of the site.

A re-alignment of the A54 Macclesfield Main Road at the junction with the A53 Leek Road will also take place to mitigate any the existing highways situation at the junction.

If plans go ahead Persimmon will be donating thousands of pounds to High Peak; £34,000 for primary school children in the vicinity; £390,000 for secondary school pupils and £130,000 to post-16 education. The company hopes to submit plans within eight weeks.