Green light for retirement flats

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Plans for 36 new retirement apartments in Glossop have been given the go-ahead.

The application, by McCarthy and Stone, was approved at a meeting of High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control Committee on Monday.

It will see the demolition of existing structures at the site on land to the rear of Chapel Street and the construction of retirement living housing with communal facilities, landscaping and car parking.

The apartments will be a mixture of one and two bedrooms, with the building being four storeys in height in some places.

There will also be 27 car parking spaces as part of the development, with ten of them underneath the apartments.

Local resident Elizabeth Walker, speaking against the application, said: “We believe four storeys is ridiculously excessive. Glossop has a beautiful character, it is a lovely town and something that big is going to overlook all these houses.”

Chris Butt, on behalf of the applicants, said: “McCarthy and Stone are delighted to present this site which we believe is eminently suitable for providing older person’s accommodation.

“We have worked very closely with officers on this site which we believe will provide a benefit and represents a high quality scheme that will redevelop an eyesore site on the edge of the town centre.”

Cllr John Faulkner said: “It is a very sustainable site, close to the town centre and extremely suitable for this type of accommodation.”

The scheme was approved with amendments to the working hours allowed.