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We’ll be attending the Peak District National Park Authority’s meeting to decide on an application to develop 39 new homes on the site at Stonewell Lane in Hartington today.

We want the plans turned down because they are out of scale with the Peak District Village. The buildings would spill out onto greenfield land well beyond the original footprint of the factory. We do accept that the site should be redeveloped for houses, but with this number the development will dominate the village.

There’s a terrific amount of opposition from local people. There have been 124 written representations about the application and 123 have opposed the plans. Building nearly forty new houses will significantly affect a community of this size, and people are understandably worried. So we’re joining them to tell the Park Authority that these plans are out of scale for Hartington.

The current plans only include six affordable houses, and more are needed for people in neighouring parishes as well. Also, the application is to build all the affordable houses together in one specific area. We don’t want to see an isolated estate within an estate created so we think they should be integrated into the development.