Hartington Creamery housing plans rejected

Plans for a new housing development on the site of a former cheese factory in a Derbyshire village have been turned down.

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 rejected by the Peak District National Park planning committee.

Councillors said the development was too big for the area.

The authority said a total of 123 residents had objected to the scheme.

However, council officers had recommended the plans for approval and said the homes, gardens and community facilities would benefit the national park.

John Herbert, chairman of the planning committee, said: "We have listened to the people of Hartington and the developer and after careful consideration we agreed that a redevelopment on this scale would be disproportionate, out of keeping with the character of this area and threatening to the social balance of the village.

"However, I was also glad to hear residents' general acceptance that this unsightly former industrial site needs to be removed, and that a smaller, more gradual redevelopment in character with the village would be preferable."

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

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