Harpur development under the spotlight

Major housing development in Harpur Hill is to come under the spotlight at the next meeting of the area’s residents’ association.

Taking place at the Hoffman Club tomorrow (Tuesday August 27) at 7.30pm, the meeting is open to anyone living in Harpur Hill.

Up for discussion will be a questionnaire which is being planned and will be delivered to every household in the area to gather opinions about how locals want to see the area develop in the future. The details of the questionnaire will be finalised and other matters involving the local area will also be on the agenda at the meeting.

Ken Greenway, chair of the association, said: “Over the next few years, major changes are being proposed for Harpur Hill. The most significant of these is the likelihood of a great increase in the number of houses in the area by between 600 to 1,000 over the next 20 years.

“The association has already organised a number of consultation evenings for local residents to have their say about the proposed housing developments and other matters with High Peak Borough Council (HPBC) planners and local politicians.

“However, the association is only too aware that no matter how well attended our meetings are, we can never be sure that they truly reflect the views of the majority of people in Harpur Hill.”

He added: “In an attempt to get an overall view of opinions in Harpur Hill concerning development proposals for the area, the association has decided, at an open meeting, to deliver a questionnaire to every household in the area.

“This questionnaire, once filled in and returned as instructed, will be processed and published as a report which will be presented to local planning bodies and politicians in an attempt to clarify how local residents in Harpur Hill would like the neighbourhood to develop over the next few years.

“In addition, it will be used to help comment on and improve upon planning proposals that will be published by HPBC’s planning department in the near future.

“We hope that Harpur Hill residents will take the time and trouble to fill in and hand back the questionnaire.

“It is their chance to have their say about how they would like Harpur Hill to develop and change over the next 20 years.”

Mr Greenway added that the association was not politically motivated and was not either anti or pro housing, but simply gave residents a chance to voice their opinions. It was hoped that by getting locals involved in future planning decisions, it will help improve their quality of life.