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Saving Loxley Valley

Tom Quinn
By Tom Quinn
17th July 2020

We’re campaigning against plans to build 300 houses on Green Belt land in the heart of the beautiful and tranquil Loxley Valley on the doorstep of the Peak District National Park.

We believe the development is neither needed nor appropriate. Alongside the Friends of the Loxley Valley, we’re objecting to Patrick Properties’ application to demolish the long-abandoned old refractory works in the valley bottom and replace them with a new township. Here’s why…

It’s been nearly 30 years since there was any significant activity in the old factories. Since then it has become a peaceful recreational corridor, and the old buildings are now largely screened by trees and have become home to a diversity of wildlife.


  • the site flooded in 2007 and is still at risk
  • the proposed development is too big and would become an isolated, car dependent enclave of executive homes
  • it would lead to increased traffic on local roads, increased demand on local schools; and generate noise and light pollution
  • it have would a huge impact on the adjoining ancient woodlands, and on the city’s carbon footprint at a time of climate emergency.

You can view our objection in full, here.

Or, click here to see a summary of the Friends of the Loxley Valley objections.