Campaigners seek to take legal action over plans for 107 new homes in Whaley Bridge

The proposed development site behind Macclesfield Road, looking toward Linglongs Road in Whaley Bridge.
The proposed development site behind Macclesfield Road, looking toward Linglongs Road in Whaley Bridge.

Campaigners have launched a bid for funding to cover legal fees as they continue to fight plans for a controversial development in Whaley Bridge.

Barratt Homes intends to build 107 properties on land off Linglongs Road after outline planning permission was granted three years ago.

Members of campaign group Whaley Bridge Matters have now set up this online page to raise money for legal costs in order to challenge the proposals.

A spokesperson for Whaley Bridge Matters said: “Whaley Bridge Matters are not NIMBYS but a group of concerned residents who are worried that this application is unsafe, ill-thought-out and will have major negative impacts on Whaley Bridge.

“Whaley Bridge Matters feel there are legal grounds to challenge this planning application and need financial support to cover legal fees.”

A spokesperson for Barratt Homes Manchester said: “We worked closely with High Peak Borough Council (HPBC) to ensure that the development on Linglongs Road is designed in line with the latest best practice and industry standards.

“As well as providing much-needed, high-quality new homes, it will bring significant contributions to Whaley Bridge and surrounding areas.

“These would include jobs, improvements to the infrastructure and financial support for education and highways.”

A spokesperson for HPBC said the principle for residential development on this site has been established through the Local Plan which has been subject to considerable public consultation and independent examination.

She added that the authority would review and consider any actions decided upon by Whaley Bridge Matters as and when they occurred.