Public inquiry into rejected bid for 200 new homes in Chapel-en-le-Frith

Shelter forecasts that local authorities will lose billions in revenues from the forced sell off of council homes.
Shelter forecasts that local authorities will lose billions in revenues from the forced sell off of council homes.

Controversial plans to build over 200 new homes on farmland in Chapel-en-le-Frith are to go before a planning inquiry later this year.

Applicant Bank Hall Drive Developments has appealed High Peak Borough Council’s decision to refuse outline planning permission in September for residential development on a seven hectare site off Long Lane.

The proposed development, situated to the south of Chapel-en-le-Frith High School, is for 208 houses, consisting of a range of two, three, four and five bedroom houses and one and two-bedroom retirement homes.

Thirty per cent of the properties were expected to be earmarked for affordable rent and shared ownership.

High Peak councillors rejected the application at a Development Control Committee meeting in September as they believed it breached planning policies, and due to the absence of any section 106 agreement.

Speaking after that meeting, borough councillor Stewart Young said: “The development was not in keeping with the neighbourhood plan and the access to the site would have been very difficult.”

The planning application will now be the subject of a public inquiry by the Planning Inspectorate, provisionally scheduled to take place at 10am on Tuesday April 5, at a venue yet to be determined.