Restaurant plan turned down in case it spoils look of ‘pretty awful’ Tesco

COUNCILLORS have turned down an application to renew permission for a new mixed use development in Whaley Bridge.

Consent had previously been granted for the development at Hogs Yard, near to the Tesco store, which would feature two retail units on the ground and mezzanine level, a restaurant on the ground floor and offices on the first floor.

However, this has now expired and the applicants, High Peak Developments, were seeking permission to extend it for another three years.

But their application was refused by members of High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control Committee on Monday because they were unhappy with the positioning of the building, which was contrary to new national planning guidelines which have been introduced since the plans were initially approved.

The new rules encourage a good relationship with new buildings and existing buildings and councillors had concerns over the relationship between the two sites as well as the materials and design of the application under the new policy.

Cllr John Faulkner said: “I do think that when you are actually at that point of the site that the Tesco building looks pretty awful. I just wonder whether we are being fair to the applicant in doing it this way.

“But I do think we have to uphold national planning guidelines in this way and I think on balance the officers have probably got it right.”