Planners re-kindle hopes for pub smoking shelter scheme

A Hayfield licensee has been urged to work with High Peak’s planning officers on an alternative solution after he failed in his bid to get retrospective permission for an outdoor wooden decking area and a smoking shelter.

Councillors agreed with officers recommendations that the materials used at The Packhorse in Hayfield were out of character with the village’s conservation area. The County Highways department had also raised objections as it might interfere with drivers’ visibility.

Councillors said that they did not want to stifle local businesses and gave the applicant 12 weeks to find a suitable alternative before any enforcement action was taken.

Licensee Simon Woodall, said he had not realised planning permission was needed and highlighted support locally for the development which included a 3,000 strong petition.

The decking had been installed to address the sloping surface in front of the public house while the fencing created a level of protection to stop children running straight out.

lPlans to convert a historic mill into housing have been rejected as the applicant failed to prove the site could not be retained for employment use.

Bowden Hey Mill, on Bowden Lane in Chapel-en-le-Frith, is designated as a primary employment zone and is currently used as offices by Kelsa Truck Products Ltd, who intend to consolidate all their operations into one building.

They proposed to retain the 1880s mill and convert it into six residential units. A mill constructed in 1900 and a new addition built to link the two buildings would be demolished.

It was accepted that access was along a narrow road and across a weak bridge and was sited adjacent to existing residential properties.

The committee refused the application as there was insufficient evidence to show that potential benefits outweighed the loss of a heritage asset and evidence had not been provided to justify the loss of employment land.