66 new homes approved at edge of Chapel

The proposed building plot off Long Lane, Chapel
The proposed building plot off Long Lane, Chapel

Residents are furious after a controversial planning application was approved adding 66 new homes to a green space on the edge of a town.

The development, earmarked for land off Long Lane, Chapel–en–le–Frith, will go ahead after the majority of High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control Committee voted in favour of it at a meeting this week.

The site is approximately 2.4 hectares and will offer 33 new affordable homes to the town.

However there was much opposition to the plans, with residents expressing fears that Long Lane would not be able to sustain a large increase in traffic, there was a possibility of flooding on the site, and nearby Chapel-en-le-Frith High School was already full to capacity.

Cllr Stewart Young, ward member for Chapel, echoed many residents’ concerns when he addressed his fellow committee members.

“I was born and bred on the end of Long Lane and I have seen all of these sites being built piece by piece over the years,” he said.

“The infrastructure is just not there to support these houses as it stands at the moment.”

He described Long Lane as ‘atrocious’ when it came to traffic problems and pointed out that cars are often parked on either side of the road, many of which lose wing mirrors.

Speaking on behalf of the joint applicants, Equity Housing Group and Seddon RDP, Rachel Hollins said: “The development will deliver much needed affordable housing for Chapel.”

She said the materials used for the development would be a mixture of artificial stone and render and the level of traffic created by it was not deemed to be severe.

Committee members debated the fact that because Chapel does not currently have a local plan, defining the town’s future development aims, it meant if they refused the application the developer could take it to appeal, costing the council a large amount of money.

Speaking afterwards, Chapel resident Ian Brew, who had spoken against the plans at the meeting, said: “I’m absolutely disgusted. We have been let down by the council because they haven’t got a local plan and now they’re using that as an excuse – well that’s no excuse.”