A council’s decision to refuse planning permission for new houses on the car park of a former public house near Whaley Bridge has been upheld on appeal.
High Peak Borough Council turned down permission in April last year for two proposed houses on land next to the former Dog and Partridge public house in the small hamlet of Bridgemont.
The authority also issued an enforcement notice last June after the owner began using the site for car sales without seeking permission.
Appeals against both of these decisions, by land owner Treville Properties Limited, were rejected by an independent planning inspector, following a three-day public inquiry held earlier in the summer.
Council leader Tony Ashton, who is also the portfolio holder for planning, said: “The judgement by the independent planning inspector to uphold the council’s refusal demonstrates that our decisions were properly reached through sound analysis and using valid planning criteria.
“The inspector has confirmed that each use would constitute inappropriate development in the green belt and would harm the open nature of the countryside setting in this small hamlet.
“This series of events also demonstrates that members of this council will use all powers at its disposal to safeguard the unique character of the High Peak and discourage inappropriate development.”