Public win cut in homes plan

Amendments to the plans to redevelop the former Dorma site in Chinley have been made following a public consultation that attracted more than 300 people.

Two events, held in Chinley and Chapel, gave Copperleaf Group Ltd the chance to hear what the public thought of their proposals for a mixed use scheme.

Commenting on the changes, Copperleaf’s managing director Mark Whylie said: “We wanted to listen to the views of the local community and the primary opinion expressed was that there was a concern for the impact on the local highways given the number of homes originally proposed.

“Although the plan for 225 residential units had been designed in line with advice from our highways advisors and would have worked we felt that the community’s desire for fewer cars on the road was an important view and we have subsequently looked again at the masterplan and reduced the housing by 20 per cent.”

The number of houses planned has been reduced to 182 units alongside a reduction of the commercial element in the proposals. In addition more areas of green open space have been included beyond what was originally presented.

The residential plans will also include affordable housing to ensure that the new development provides homes which are suitable for all members of the local community.

The planning application will be lodged with High Peak Borough Council later this year, when the public will be able to comment further on the proposals.