The Peak District National Park’s planning service has taken action to remove an unauthorised building made from pallets and a track excavated into the hillside from a farm near the Roaches, with the sensitive moorland location in the process of being restored.
The planning service took direct action over the developments at Summerhill Clough Farm near Upper Hulme after the tenant failed to comply with enforcement notices requiring him to return the site to its original condition issued in 2009.
The moorland site is prominent from the Roaches, Hen Cloud and Ramshaw Rocks and has been a problem since 2003 with an unauthorised building made from pallets, scaffolding and plastic sheeting, storage of a caravan, truck body, scrap and other items, unauthorised fences and gates and a long track excavated into a steep, moorland hillside.
This is an area that is popular with locals and visitors as it has stunning panoramic views of remote national park moorlands and due to the sensitive ecology of the moorland why did it take so long to do something about it?
My reading of the situation is that this tenant has had more than enough time to comply with the planning enforcement notices that were first issued in 2009. However, at least something is now being done.
Personally, I would like to see the Authority more proactive in cleaning up eyesores that blight the landscape and do little to preserve areas for public good.