Campaigners fight to save green belt land

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Hayfield residents have formed a campaign group to save a piece of green belt land amid fears the loss of the site to housing could damage the forthcoming filming of the BBC’s The Village series in the area.

In December, High Peak Borough Council agreed a number of amendments to the local plan which are currently out for further consultation including an amendment to the green belt boundary in Hayfield which means that a site on Kinder Road could be developed because it does not meet criteria for green belt land.

The consultation closes on February 10 but locals say they weren’t aware of the changes until after Christmas so they have been given little time to respond.

Resident Chris Cole said: “The first we knew about the proposal was when we received a leaflet produced by our neighbours.”

An emergency meeting about the proposed changes has already taken place in the village, with two information days being held on Monday and Tuesday this week.

A second public meeting has now been arranged for next Wednesday February 5 at the Royal Hotel in Hayfield at 7.30pm, when a representative from the borough council will attend.

Residents have already written to High Peak Borough Council and MP Andrew Bingham and are demanding an extension to the consultation deadline.

Banners and posters have been put up around the village to raise awareness of the Green Belt Action Group’s campaign. A website has also been created (www.lovehay field) and there is a Facebook site where people can get involved as well.

Local resident Anne Fox added (see Postbag Extra page 16): “Any development on this spot would do enormous damage.

“This site is not just any piece of grass. These views are particular and unique treasures of Hayfield and this proposal would rob us of them.”

The local plan will help shape development across the High Peak until 2031.

The consultation document is available online at, or at Buxton Town Hall, Glossop Municipal Buildings or any library in the borough.

To respond to the consultation, email or write to: Regeneration, High Peak Borough Council, Town Hall, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6EL, before February 10.