Special meeting on Whaley housing plan

The proposed development site behind Macclesfield Road, looking toward Linglongs Road Whaley Bridge
The proposed development site behind Macclesfield Road, looking toward Linglongs Road Whaley Bridge

A special meeting is to be held next month to redetermine a controversial application for more than 100 new homes in Whaley Bridge.

Members of High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control Committee will meet at Chapel-en-le-Frith Town Hall at 1.30pm on March 11 to consider Gladman Homes’ application for 107 houses on land on Linglongs Road.

The committee had been due to re-look at the application at their meeting on February 16, but the application was deferred to a later date because of new information which had been received the weekend before, which planning officers hadn’t had enough time to consider.

The planning application was initially considered and approved by the committee at a meeting in August last year.

But since then, members of the campaign group Whaley Bridge Matters have taken legal advice in a bid to challenge the council’s decision to grant outline planning permission for the site.

Speaking after last week’s meeting, Andy Brown, from Whaley Bridge Matters, said: “The committee took a very responsible approach.

“Through our legal advisers we had been urging the council to defer their vote in light of outstanding issues in several areas, including inadequate consultation, problems with the officer’s report, and further material information coming forward.

“We are glad the committee appears to have recognised the serious impact that these plans would have on Whaley Bridge.

“Councillors now have the opportunity to consider properly and fully all the arguments put forward by and on behalf of the community.”