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We’ve got until Thursday 26 April to make comments to the Planning Inspectorate about the appeal for plans to redevelop the former creamery at Hartington.

We joined local people in celebrating when the Peak District National Park Authority unanimously refused planning permission for a development of 39 new houses on the site at Stonewell Lane in January. We successfully argued that this number of new buildings would spill out on to greenfield land beyond the original area of the cheese factory site, and would dominate Hartington.

However the developers, Cathelco of Chesterfield, then appealed to the Government against this decision. The Planning Inspectorate will now make a final decision at an informal hearing, probably in the summer. The Planning Inspectorate is taking comments about the appeal until Thursday 26 April.  

We’re disappointed that Cathelco is carrying on with its plans. Back in January we were part of a terrific groundswell of local opinion against this development because it is so out of scale with this Peak District village. The developers may be making an appeal, but nothing has changed!

We want to see the scheme scaled down, integrated better with the rest of the village and including more affordable houses for local people. A village survey showed that a large majority of residents opposed the scheme but would support up to 20 houses with community facilities.  

We’ll make sure that we will be at the hearing – and fighting for this scheme to be refused. But we need as many people as possible to let the Planning Inspectorate know before 26 April how badly it will damage the landscape and character of Hartington – so please comment at the Planning Inspectorate’s website searchng for appeal number 2172196.