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Sprawling development threatens historic village

9th June 2020

We’re really concerned about an application to put new housing on and around the Britannia Mill near Buxworth.

The Mill site is allocated for housing in the High Peak Local Plan and we have no problem with that as it is a brownfield site, subject to sustainable design, active travel and low carbon systems being core to the development.

However Rivertown Developments, who own the site, want to sprawl out onto green belt and greenfield land to the north and south east with poor quality, low density housing. This would cause a merger with the historic village of Buxworth, contrary to green belt policy and also affect the setting of Bugsworth Canal Basin which is a nationally important heritage site.

“This is a typical example of a poorly designed, low density, car dependent housing estate that should be consigned to the dustbin of the last century” said Andy Tickle, Head of Campaigns, “instead we need a compact, sustainable, walkable community that will help meet High Peak Council’s target of being zero carbon by 2030. As nothing of the sort is being offered, it must be refused”.

You can object to the application here.

Download our letter of objection here.