Affordable homes given green light

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PLANS for ten new affordable homes have been given the go-ahead despite objections from residents.

Concerns had been voiced about the development not least a lack of information about the location of a sewer which crosses the Tongue Lane site, and prevents homes being built close to it.

However planners assured councillors that if it was discovered the houses could not be built as proposed new planning permission would be needed.

Tony Bellicoso, speaking on behalf of a number of residents, said: “We are not opposed to redevelopment of Garden House Farm but it is important to ensure the approved development is the correct one. This site can’t support the high levels of density of housing proposed.”

He also raised concerns over the narrow access road, loss of privacy and parking. Ward Councillor Caitlin Bisknell, also spoke against the application as proposed.

Committee member Cllr Chris Webster said: “I understand the need for affordable homes but I am sorry but I have got to disagree with the officers. I think the site is being overdeveloped.”

Proposing refusal, he expressed concerns over access and parking adding that information about route of the sewer and the space needed around it should have been included in the proposals.

Cllr Mike Harrison moving approval said the applicants were going to widen the road, that the route of the sewer was known by the developers and the 18 parking spaces were seen as adequate.

“I think it is an application we should support it is valuable and needed affordable housing to the Buxton area.”

Cllr Linda Baldry said the homes would be accessed from two separate roads. “I welcome the development and would like to support it.”

The plans were passed by seven votes to four.