Councillors approve plan to regenerate Buxton’s former BT repeater station

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A former British Telecom Repeater Station is to be converted into a home - despite objections from a borough councillor who slammed the plans over safety concerns.

High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control Committee met earlier this week to discuss a planning application for the disused building on Manchester Road, near Buxton, to become a four-bedroom house with a rear terrace.

High Peak borough councillor Tony Kemp, representing the Corbar Ward, expressed his objections to the plan at the meeting.

He said: “In truth I am surprised, and find it staggering, to see why this development has been recommend for approval.

“This is a dangerous stretch of road and on a blind bend.

“I would not like to turn the corner and find someone exiting their property with someone behind me. It’s just not safe.”

The vacant flat roof stone building - situated within the countryside as identified within the High Peak Local Plan 2016 - was constructed in 1954 and has been empty for some time.

Referring to the building, Coun Kemp added: “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and I’ve yet to find any one who thinks it is attractive.”

Applicant Roy Weate addressed the committee and said: “It is a fabulous building of which my wife and I can see the beauty of this site.

“It was built during the Cold War and has historical significance, and we want to regenerate this excellent site.”

Members of the planning committee discussed the application, with Coun Stewart Young suggesting: “Can we make it a condition that if we vote in favour then we put a condition that people who live there must drive out of their access rather than reversing onto a dangerous road?”

Coun Lance Dowson added: “This is a building worth saving.”

Councillors on the committee voted in favour of the change of use.