Up to 40 homes could be built at ex-depot site in Buxton

The former council depot on Market Street in Buxton.
The former council depot on Market Street in Buxton.

New homes could be built at a site comprising of a former council depot in Buxton.

High Peak Borough Council (HPBC) has submitted an outline planning application to itself to demolish existing buildings on land at Market Street and build up to 40 homes with associated car parking at the location.

In addition, the application includes the creation of a new access off Market Street and the reconfiguration of the public car park - possibly leading to a reduction in spaces.

A design and access statement produced on behalf of HPBC states: "The site occupies an excellent and highly sustainable location set within an edge of town centre location, which offers a wide range of services and amenities, as well as a train station, providing connections to higher order settlements including Manchester.

"The site is within HPBC's ownership.

"The northern and western edge of the site are currently occupied by a public car park.

"Remaining areas of land are part of a former council depot and comprise a range of dilapidated buildings and external storage areas.

"The buildings are degraded and in a poor state of repair.

"They are no longer fit for purpose and have outlived their usefulness.

"The site does not make a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the area."

The statement adds: "The scheme will include provision of up to 30 per cent affordable housing.

"Opportunities to consider the retention of some public car parking within the site will also be considered.

"The scheme will involve a rationalisation of the existing public car parking (there will be a net loss of spaces).

"However, there will still be around 40 spaces available to use as a public car park."

The statement outlines a number of benefits of the proposed development, including that it would provide an 'efficient use of a sustainably located brownfield site' and provide 'visual enhancements to the area through the removal of dilapidated buildings'.