Campaigners’ dismay at appeal green light for homes at former dairy

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Friends of the Peak District have expressed dismay over a planning inspector’s decision to allow a housing estate to be built on the edge of Hartington.

The proposal for 26 houses on the former Dove Dairy site was refused by the Peak District National Park Authority in 2015, and an appeal hearing took place in early 2016. A previous, similar scheme was also refused on appeal several years previously.

Andrew Wood, planning officer for Friends of the Peak District, commented: “The site is out on a limb from the village, includes a conspicuously large house, twenty-one other private homes and a measly four affordable homes.

“The community in Hartington have spent years trying to work with the site owner to secure a good scheme with more affordable homes and some workshops, so that the re-use of the site could really contribute to the life of the village.

“This is the wrong scheme, and it’s deeply disappointing that it has been approved on appeal.”

But the planning inspector deemed that the proposals would enhance the village by removing the derelict dairy buildings, and also welcomed the large house as important to the design of the whole development.

David Annat, Chairman of Hartington Parish Council said: “This is an extremely worrying precedent for National Parks and it is almost impossible to see how this can be in the public interest. It was opposed by the wider public, who wrote almost 200 letters opposing the scheme.”