Hartington villagers fight housing proposals

Some residents of a Derbyshire village are fighting plans for a new housing development on the site of a former cheese factory.

The Hartington Creamery, which dated back to the 1870s, closed in 2009.

Developers Cathelco want to build 42 houses, a children's play area, recreation ground and village car park on the site.

However, some residents have said the proposed development is too big and would ruin the village.

Villager Jennie Dullage said: "The people in the village think that the plans are too extensive for a small village.

"The population is fairly small and the plans will increase the population by about a third, which will swamp the existing community spirit in the village which is very lively and very active."

Affordable houses

Sub-postmistress Sue Bruce said: "The amount of housing would just ruin the village.

"The site is so big, it would look awful."

A spokesman for developers Cathelco, said he believed there was strong demand for housing in the area.

"What some people seem to forget is that there is a 100,000 sq ft redundant industrial former cheese factory in the village.

"All indications are that this is the best use of that brownfield site.

"The plans include half a dozen affordable houses, we did initially have 12 but on consulting the village they were keen to see that number reduced.

"We have listened to local concerns and we've come up with a scheme which we think addresses a good balance," he said.

The proposals have been submitted to the Peak District National Park Authority.

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