High Peak planners have approved outline plans for up to 49 houses on a site in Chapel-en-le-Frith.
The application, for land adjacent to 129 Manchester Road, was agreed by members of High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control Committee.
All matters have been reserved for a later date and only the principle of development was agreed.
Local resident Peter Soden told councillors: “This will have a detrimental impact on the landscape. The development will also have a detrimental impact on wildlife and biodiversity.”
Addressing the meeting, Cllr Audrey Bramah, who represents the Blackbrook ward, said: “In my constituents’ opinion this is a development too many.
“Eight hundred houses are already being built or are about to be built. This will mean hundreds more cars on the A6.”
She added: “What an enormous impact 49 houses will have on this historical piece of rural and outstanding landscape.”
And Cllr Stuart Young agreed, commenting: “I honestly think this is a step too far. I don’t think it’s sustainable.”