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The Planning Inspectorate decided to cancel the appeal hearing into the scheme for developing Hartington Cheese Factory at very short notice.

Earlier this year, the Peak District National Park Authority refused planning permission for the residential redevelopment of the closed factory. This decision was appealed by the developer who also requested a hearing. This is an informal process managed by an inspector, who will ask questions of the planning authority, applicant and members of the public.

The hearing should have happened today, and would have taken one day. However, the Inspectorate decided that the case requires a more formal examination of the scheme through a Public Inquiry. We think this is potentially good news as it will give a chance for everyone to have a say and for a thorough look at things.

No date has been set yet, but Friends of the Peak District will be there to give evidence to the Inspector about why the scheme should be refused as it stands.