House backed against Peak District policy

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PLANS to divide a single house on the Peak District edge of Sheffield into two properties have been approved – despite the scheme being against the national park’s planning policies.

The proposals involve separating a former coach house from the main house at Fernhill, Hollow Meadows.

Peak District National Park Authority planners had recommended refusal, because it could set a precedent for other property owners.

Their report said: “Property owners could view such schemes as a way of obtaining permission for new, non-affordable housing that does not meet an identified local need.

“Refusal would prevent a serious adverse impact on local housing policies.”

But authority planning committee members felt ‘the propoal would not cause serious harm to the building or its setting and should be accepted as an exception to policy’.

A neighbouring Hollow Meadows resident, who objected to the proposal, said: “It is a significant step for members to go against their own core policy.”