Parish council’s anger over housing plans

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Parish councillors have criticised local planners after controversial plans for a housing development in Chapel-en-le-Frith were approved.

Speaking at their meeting last week, members of Chapel Parish Council said High Peak Borough Council officers didn’t provide councillors with the full information needed and the parish’s neighbourhood plan was not considered properly when the outline application for development on land adjacent to 129 Manchester Road was considered on August 4.

Cllr Liam McCarthy, chair of the parish council, said: “When officers presented the application they failed to mention some things that were very relevant.”

The parish council has written to Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, as well as High Peak MP Andrew Bingham raising their concerns.

Cllr Stuart Young said the housing figures recommended for the High Peak as part of the local plan document could be reduced down to 360, adding: “At this moment in time, the borough council is being officer-led not councillor-led.”

And Cllr Peter Harrison said he didn’t think the borough council had any guts adding: “We’re going to finish up with around 1,000 houses when we need 300. “I think somebody needs to get their knuckles rapped.”