Villagers’ fears over Peak District village masterplan

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Hundreds of residents have opposed a masterplan for a development they fear will dwarf their quiet Peak District village.

Proposals to create new homes, a supermarket and medical facility, plus ‘business incubator units’ in Bradwell, are recommended for refusal by planners next week.

Newburgh Engineering, which has been based in the village since 1938, wants to develop surplus industrial space into the mixed-use site while keeping the business operational in the village as well as Rotherham.

The outline application has been amended so details relating to the development’s scale and access are withdrawn subject to future consideration and permission only for the principle of development is sought.

But 359 people have already raised concerns about the project, which also featured green open space, around 110 homes and parking for 20 vehicles according to indicative plans.

Reports to the Peak District Planning Authority said the ‘overwhelming objection was to the scale of the proposed development’.

It added: “The scale of housing in particular is seen as excessive and overdevelopment of the site.”

Fears about the increase in traffic, apartments being ‘unsuitable’ for a village, loss of an ancient orchard and the impact on local facilities were raised by concerned residents.

Others said there was ‘no need for more affordable housing in the village’.

Bradwell Parish Council and the Friends of the Peak District Group has also objected.

The Friends say they recognise that the village needs to be redeveloped but the current proposals are ‘not fit’ for the area and will not adequately benefit the local economy.

There have also been three letters of support which say the plan is a ‘great opportunity’ to improve the village and facilities and housing is preferable to heavy industry.

Planning officers said the site represented an ‘obvious opportunity for significant enhancement’ and the ‘redevelopment of the redundant industrial premises is both desirable on townscape and economic grounds’.

One reason that the application was recommended for refusal was due to the lack of detail provided to the authority for assessment against development plans and to calculate the impact of it on the village.

When approached Newburgh did not want to comment further on the application, which will be decided at a meeting next Friday, May 16.