More homes for Chapel’s fields

Land at Long Lane, Chapel where 105 houses are to be built
Land at Long Lane, Chapel where 105 houses are to be built

Councillors reluctantly approved plans to build 105 homes on land off Long Lane, in Chapel-en-le-Frith, after being told their hands were tied.

The decision to grant permission to Seddon Homes’ proposal was taken by High Peak Borough Council’s development control committee at a meeting at Chapel Town Hall on Monday.

Several members opposed the application on grounds including the existing congestion on Long Lane and the strain an increased population would put on already over-stretched services in the town.

But, planning officer Mike Green reminded councillors that as there was not a five-year housing supply for High Peak in place and that their arguments would not stand up at appeal.

Cllr John Faulkner, outlining the councillors’ predicament, said as the authority had not demonstrated a supply of deliverable housing sites, he would move the plans for approval, “with reluctance”.

In reference to several developments being approved recently, an exasperated Cllr Alan Barrow asked: “When will enough be enough? Chapel is in danger of being swallowed by houses.”

With four votes in favour and four against, chairman David Mellor had the casting vote, approving the plans.