Hartington site plans refused

The former cheese factory site in Hartington.
The former cheese factory site in Hartington.

Plans to convert a former cheese factory site in Hartington into housing have been refused for a second time.

The application from developers Cathelco for 26 houses, including four affordable homes, on the Dove Dairy Site was turned down by the Peak District National Park’s planning committee on Friday.

There were 15 speakers at the meeting: 11 objected to the scheme with Hartington Parish Council and local residents being supported by Friends of the Peak District in their objections, while both Derbyshire Dales District Council and the Peak District Rural Housing Association spoke in support of the scheme.

But members voted to refuse it because the public benefits were insufficient to outweigh the exceptional circumstances needed to justify a development of the scale proposed in the national park.

Paul Ancell, chairman of the planning committee, said: “We want what’s best for the national park and for Hartington and unfortunately this scheme is not it.

“The Dove Dairy Site does need developing – we’re all agreed on that – and it is suitable for housing development, but we were not convinced that this is the best scheme we can get for this historic village and its community.”

A previous application for the site was refused in 2012.