After a lengthy appeal process, DLP Planning Ltd has secured planning permission for the demolition of the former Hartington Cheese Factory in the Peak District National Park, to be replaced by a development of 22 open market dwellings and 4 affordable units.
DLP were engaged by the landowner following the refusal of planning permission by the Peak District Planning Committee. Throughout the 14 month hearing process, a multi-disciplinary team comprising Latham Architects, Nigel Winter Associates and Peak Ecology as well as the Peak District Rural Housing Association presented evidence addressing issues including landscape impact, drainage, design, viability and ecology. All of these issues were considered by the Inspector within the context of strict local and national policy controls regarding new development in the National Park.
The Appeal Inspector noted that the level of attendance and the views expressed by the public and the Parish Council during the appeal hearing sessions, emphasised the importance of this site and the proposals for it. Nevertheless he found that the redevelopment of the former factory would enhance the character and appearance of Hartington within the National Park and would enable an identified need for affordable housing to be addressed.
On this basis, and taking account of the social benefits and contributions to the local economy offered by the scheme, he found that exceptional circumstances in the public interest existed to justify the development proposals and allowed the appeal, granting planning permission for the development.