Objections overruled

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A VACANT plot of land in the middle of a residential area of Chapel-en-le-Frith is to be developed after councillors approved plans – against officer recommendations.

The main issue around the Beresford Road site was for High Peak’s Development Control Committee to determine if the proposed four-bedroomed detached two-storey property would be out of keeping with the area.

Planning officers had recommended that the application be refused because of its scale and location, claiming it would be out of character with the existing properties in the established residential area which included a number of bungalows.

Cllr Mike Harrison told members the site was subject to lots of complaints due to dog fouling and litter being dumped on the site.

“The only issue relates to if a single or two-storey property is acceptable in the local context,” he said. “I think it is just as easy to justify a two-storey property and I would like to move approval of the application.”

Cllr John Faulkner, seconding approval, said: “I think it would have very little impact on the surrounding area.”

Chapel-en-le-Frith Parish Council, while agreeing the site should be developed, said it needed to be compatible, and a four-bedroomed house would not fit in with the street scene. One objection had also been received.

Cllr Bob McKeown said the plans were out of character for the area.

However, the application was approved by seven votes to four.