Business park plan to create 140 new jobs

The former High Peak Borough Council offices at Chinley.
The former High Peak Borough Council offices at Chinley.

Plans to convert the former High Peak Borough Council offices in Chinley into a business park which will create up to 140 jobs have been given the go-ahead.

The application, for the Buxton Road site, was approved at a meeting of the council’s Development Control Committee on Monday.

The proposals, submitted by Stephenson Deane Property Co Ltd, will see four buildings on the site refurbished and extended to convert them to two storeys.

Two temporary office cabins will also be removed and replaced with permanent buildings and 82 car parking spaces will be provided.

Twenty construction jobs will be created as well as up to 120 jobs following the completion of the project, the meeting heard.

The site has been vacant since 2010.

Recommending the scheme for approval, Cllr John Faulkner said: “This is in the green belt so therefore it is subject to quite a lot of restrictions but I think it is a very imaginative scheme and it is a good application as far as I am concerned.

“I think it will enhance rather than detract from its place in the countryside, particularly with the elimination of the temporary buildings which will be taller but which I think will look better than the temporary buildings do at the moment.”

And Cllr David Lomax added: “I welcome this.

“We need to get more employment in the High Peak and I think it is an imaginative development. “

Cllr Stewart Young commented: “We are having a lot of houses built in Chapel-en-le-Frith and we need somewhere for people to work.”

In paperwork which went before members on Monday it states that the application had received the support of Chinley, Buxworth and Brownside Parish Council.

No letters of objection had been received from local residents with one letter in favour of the application having been received, the paperwork shows.

The buildings on the site are estimated to have been built in the early 1900s as the High Peak Isolation Hospital.