Road into homes site ‘is not safe’

This Thursday and Friday sees a public consultation on the development of the former Dorma factory at Chinley
This Thursday and Friday sees a public consultation on the development of the former Dorma factory at Chinley

Fears that a single road access to the former Dorma factory site cannot be brought up to the current minimum safety standards have been expressed this week.

But although County Highways have raised concerns about the road, the fact that the site is already designated as employment land means that they could not use this as a reason to ask councillors to turn down the application when it comes before councillors on Monday.

However, the highways authority will resist any approach to adopt the road junction or the roads within the site.

According to objectors, that could leave the developers and/or purchasers of houses responsible for the upkeep of roads.

A spokesman for one group of objectors said: “Whilst it is common sense to try and use up unwanted brownfield sites for residential development, it does question the significant size of the proposed development of 182 dwellings, providing accommodation for over 500 people and generating 300-plus vehicles, plus commercial vehicles, with only one “unsafe” access onto narrow lanes, many too narrow for footpaths.”

The application will be determined by members of High Peak’s Development Control Committee.

Concerns on numerous issues have been raised in 95 letters of objection and in representations from the parish councils in Chapel and Chinley.