Derby

Hartington Creamery housing appeal rejected

Hartington
Image caption The creamery opened in 1876 and at its height employed 200 people but was shut in 2009

An appeal over plans to build new houses on the site of a former cheese factory in a Derbyshire village has been rejected.

Developers Cathelco wanted to build 39 houses, a children's play area, recreation ground and village car park on the Hartington Creamery site.

The proposals were first rejected in January by the Peak District National Park planning committee.

Councillors said the development was too big for the area.

Planning inspector Ian Jenkins upheld the authority's refusal after spending six days hearing evidence from witnesses, including many villagers who thought the scheme was too large and out of character with their community of just 155 homes.

Councillor Lesley Roberts said: "We welcome this decision and, while we and most villagers appreciate that some redevelopment needs to take place on that site, the scale and design needs to be reconsidered."

A spokesman for the Chesterfield-based developers said the company was reviewing the decision.

The creamery opened in 1876 and at its height employed 200 people but was shut in 2009.

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