Plans for 375 more homes in Harpur Hill

Harpur Hill residents concerned about house building
Harpur Hill residents concerned about house building

Plans for a second large-scale housing development in Harpur Hill have been submitted to High Peak Borough Council.

The application, for land at Foxlow Farm, is for outline planning permission for a mixed-use development of up to 375 dwellings, a residential and/or retirement facility for up to 70 units, and business units.

It is set to be determined by members of High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control Committee at their meeting on January 20.

At the same meeting, councillors will also decide on plans for almost 300 homes on land at Burlow Road and Heathfield Nook Road.

The plans will cause further concern to residents in Harpur Hill, who have expressed fears over the number of houses being planned in the area. Locals fear up to 1,000 houses could be built in the area, leaving the local infrastructure unable to cope.

Documentation accompanying the Foxlow Farm plans states the application is for residential development, a residential care and/or retirement facility, a two hectare local centre with up to 600sq m of retail uses within classes A1-A3 (shops etc), up to 580 sq m of retail uses within class A4 (restaurant) and up to 1,000 sq m of community uses within class D1 (health centre, nursery or community use) together with associated access, car parking, open space and landscaping.

The residential development will comprise a variety of house types and sizes including townhouses, semi-detached and detached dwellings and bungalows.

Access from the site will be via Ashbourne Road, the application states.

Harpur Hill Residents’ Association were due to discuss the application at their meeting held on Tuesday.

But chairman of the association, Phil Dowell, said that locals had not yet had time to study the plans in detail in order to formulate a response.

He added that both the association and local people were in the process of responding to the Burlow Road/Heathfield Nook Road application.