Residents urged to oppose plans to redevelop ex-creamery

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HARTINGTON residents are being urged to carry on opposing plans to redevelop a former creamery in the heart of the village.

In January, the Peak District National Park Authority unanimously refused planning permission for 39 new houses on the site of the former cheese factory on Stonewell Lane. The decision delighted local residents and countryside campaigners who believed the development would dominate the village.

But the developers Cathelco, of Chesterfield, have appealed against the decision.

John King, planning officer at Friends of the Peak District, said: “We’re disappointed that Cathelco is carrying on with its plans.

“Back in January we were part of a terrific groundswell of local opinion against this development because it is so out of scale with this Peak District village. Nothing has changed.”

The organisation wanted to see the scheme scaled down, integrated better with the rest of the village and including more affordable houses for local people. A village survey showed that a large majority of residents opposed the scheme but would support up to 20 houses with community facilities.

The Planning Inspectorate is taking comments about the appeal until Thursday, April 26.

“We’ll be at the hearing – and fighting for this scheme to be refused. We need as many people as possible to let the Planning Inspectorate know how badly it will damage the landscape and character of Hartington,” John added.

To comment on the appeal, write to the Planning Inspectorate, 3/10C Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN or at www.planningportal.gov.uk/pcs quoting 2172196.

A spokesman from the Peak District National Park Authority said: “In January a planning application by developers Cathelco to redevelop the site with 39 houses plus business units, a recreation area, sports pitch and children’s playground, allotments and car park was refused by our planning committee.

“Members of the planning committee decided the scale of the developer’s plans was out of keeping with the village and damaging to the landscape and character of Hartington. We will let the local community know when the inspector’s hearing is going to happen but it is likely to be in June or July.”