We have committed to fighting the planning application appeal for a 120-house scheme on Leek Road, Burbage, near Buxton. The original planning application was refused last year, because it’s against Local Plan policy and would have a harmful impact on the surrounding landscape. This case is so important because it could set a dangerous precedent by allowing a development outside an existing settlement.

Participating in a public inquiry is a heavy financial commitment for us as it involves many days of staff time preparing evidence and appearing at the inquiry. Additionally in this case we’d also like to organise a community meeting, and we’re hoping to engage the services of a landscape specialist to strengthen our evidence. This all add ups to several thousand pounds of our resources.

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