Good reaction to new Chapel business park

Councillor Tony Kemp with Duncan MacKay and the plans for a new business park in Chapel-en-le-Frith.
Councillor Tony Kemp with Duncan MacKay and the plans for a new business park in Chapel-en-le-Frith.

As plans for a multi-million pound business park in Chapel-en-le-Frith start to take shape, developers and councillors say the idea is already receiving positive feedback.

High Peak borough councillor Tony Kemp, who attended the public consultation, said: “This site is long overdue. We have businesses in High Peak who start up here, but when they are ready to expand they move out the area to somewhere bigger, which has a negative impact on the economy.

“We want this site to cater for people at all stages of their business life and keep jobs and money in the area.”

If the plans get the green light, the project would be funded through the local economic partnership and private developers, and could create hundreds of jobs.

The proposal, for land at Town End which has been put aside in the Neighbourhood Development Plan for employment use, would provide space for small offices, mid-scale buildings for light industrial use and large-scale buildings for warehouse use.

Assistant planner Duncan Mackay from BDP Ltd, which is behind the development, said: “We have had a lot of people through the door and everyone seems very positive about how this will help put Chapel-en-le-Frith on the map.”

Michael Brown, who owns Forgefix at Whaley Bridge and Hazel Grove, attended the consultation meeting.

He said: “I would like to combine both my spaces but would need 70,000 sq ft of space. I have been looking for years now but haven’t found anything suitable, so I am intrigued to see how these plans pan out.”

The consultation runs until Wednesday April 5 and anyone wishing to submit their views should email them to ldf@highpeak.gov.uk.