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We’re urging people to tell the Peak District National Park Authority to turn down plans to redevelop the former creamery because they out of scale with the Peak District village.

We’ve written to the Park Authority about the recent application from Cathelco Property for 42 new homes on the site at Stonewell Lane. The new buildings would spill out onto greenfield land beyond the original footprint of the factory. There’s no need for this number of houses and the size of the development will dominate the village.

These plans are over the top. Building over forty new houses will significantly affect a community of this size, and local people are worried. It’s out of scale for Hartington!

Only six of the planned houses would be affordable for local people, and these would be built together in a specific area of the development. This is not enough so we want to see a higher proportion earmarked. We’re also worried that building all the affordable houses together would create an isolated estate within an estate. They should definitely be integrated into the development.

The Park Authority is expected to make a decision about the plans in the new year – so please get in touch with your objections (application number NP/DDD/0911/0896).