Cheese factory appeal faces strong opposition

CAMPAIGNERS battling to stop a development they say would dominate their village have pledged to lobby the planning inspectorate as the application goes to appeal.

Friends of the Peak District has objected to the proposal by a Chesterfield- based property firm to turn Hartington’s former cheese factory into housing and commercial properties.

National Park planners unanimously turned down the proposal at its meeting in January but the developers, Cathelco Property, has appealed against the decision and it is due to go under the scrutiny of a Government inspector who could overturn the decision in the summer.

The developers have always insisted that the project would simply replace a large industrial building that already exists and that it is not a development on green-field land. But two wrongs don’t make a right!

Cathelco is also quick to point out that the new development would include the construction of a recreation area, a playground allotments and land would be available for business and commercial use at no cost to the village.

Ahead of the Peak District National Park Authority decision, a village survey showed that a large majority of residents opposed the scheme but would support up to 20 houses with community facilities.

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