‘Truly appalling’ home proposals

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A MODERN housing development incorporating sedum and zinc for roofs with render and stone walls has been refused by High Peak councillors.

The proposed 22 home development, to include six affordable homes, on land off Swallow House Lane in Hayfield, had prompted 140 letters of objection and four petitions, High Peak Council Development Control Committee heard.

One of the main areas of concern, was highway safety.

Claire Fisher, Head of Hayfield Primary, who spoke on behalf of the school’s governing body, said they did not believe child safety had been considered adequately.

Mike Green, Head of Development Services, said the existing situation was already unsatisfactory: “The key question is whether this development makes it significantly worse. I don’t think we have any evidence to that effect.”

No objections had been made by County Highways subject to a sum being provided to be used for enhancement works.

The development, on a greenfield site, was turned down on design and materials, by High Peak Development Control Committee by eight votes to two.

Cllr Tony Ashton said he believed Hayfield was the prettiest village covered by the planning authority and public opinion was clear from the objections: “The design of this is truly appalling.” He highlighted a previous applications in the village, rejected as it did not use stone and slate – a decision supported by a planning inspector.

Cllr Ashton said councillors had also objected to a bridleway crossing Swallow House Lane on highways safety grounds.

Cllr Chris Pearson said he was surprised that the Peak Park had made no comment on the application.