Hands off our park, say locals

The application is to develop land to the rear of Serpentine House, which is currently used by the Council’s park staff.

Under the plans, set to be determined by HPBC’s Development Control Committee on June 11, three new four-bedroomed properties would be built.

But the closing date for comments on the application is not until three days after the decision is due to be made.

A HPBC spokesperson said: “It is standard practice to not wait for the publicity period to fully expire and this is accommodated in the officer recommendation. The decision won’t be issued until the publicity period expires.”

The plans have already been criticised as the vehicular access would be through Serpentine Walk. Changes would need to be made to accommodate a passing place.

“If building were allowed, not only would the character of the Walks be affected, but also the additional vehicles would create a safety hazard for users of the Walks,” said one objector.

“The Walks also are a haven for wildlife, especially bats, which can be seen flying over the river on summer evenings. Bats are strongly protected species and could be affected by the plans. Herons also feed from the river and would be deterred by traffic and residential noise.”

A online petition has urged the council to leave the quiet and peaceful park well alone.

l A development for 21 homes has been put forward for land to the rear of 72 Brown Edge Road in Buxton.

If approved the plans would see six affordable three-bedroomed homes build together with six three-bedroomed and nine four-bedroomed homes for the open market.

l Plans to develop vacant land on Beresford Road in Chapel-en-le-Frith have been submitted.

The application is for three homes in total, one two-bedroomed and two three-bedroomed, and a total of five parking spaces.

l A bid to build four new homes on a former parking area for Bowers Coaches has been put forward.

The application from Centrebus is for land at Hayfield Road East in Chapel-en-le-Frith. The plans are for four three-bedroom homes with parking and single garages.

All applications are available to view online at www.highpeak.gov.uk . Residents can make comments online or can write to Head of Development Services, Municipal Buildings, Glossop, SK13 8AF.

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