Residents urged to comment on Planning Application

As previously reported here, Gladman Developments Ltd have filed a planning application seeking “Outline planning permission for up to 107 dwellings, site access, highway works, landscaping, public open space and associated works” on a site below Linglongs Road behind the existing houses on the southern side of Macclesfield Road.

Chair of residents campaign group Whaley Bridge Matters, Kevin Worthinton, said: “Don’t think that just because you have already registered your objections under the local plan, that’s it. I’m sorry to say we need to do it all over again, with as much spirit as we showed earlier this year.  This will be our final effort – we need to flood the planning office with our objections. Continue Reading »

Furness COGS (Community Organising Green Space) annual Field Day Event is planned for 17th May 2014 from 12noon


A great afternoon out with Live Music and something for everyone to enjoy!

There will be Live Bands playing all afternoon; Bouncy Castle; BBQ; Beer Tent; Tea and Coffee; Cakes; Children’s Activities; Face Painting, Plants; Stalls; History and Information tents and loads more….   Including organised Village Games at 1.00pm and our popular Dog Show which will start at 3.00pm (bring along your pooch); Also don’t miss our new attraction for this year – the ‘Animal Magic mini zoofrom 4.30pm.  Your children will love this opportunity to see – and even pet – these exotic animals.  They will be visiting at 4.30pm. Continue Reading »

Easter news from Whaley Bridge

Easter is more than just Easter eggs:  a little boy gets a ground level view of the Easter garden in St James' church, Taxal, remembering the crucifixion and the resurrection

Easter is more than just Easter eggs: Noah Axcell, aged seven, gets a ground level view of the Easter garden in St James’ church, Taxal, remembering the crucifixion and the resurrection

Here is a round-up of events planned over the Easter period. Continue Reading »

Time to nominate YOUR community winner

Whaley Bridge Town Council wants your nominations for the 2014 Community Award.  Anyone can put forward the name of a local person or organisation that has made the most outstanding voluntary contribution during the year to benefit and improve the community.

The award can even be made posthumously. Nominees must be local and voluntary. A nominee cannot be put forward  by members of their family.

Nomination forms are available from the Mechanics’ Institute, Market Street, phone 01663 733 068 or by email from  All nominations must be submitted before Wednesday 30 April. Continue Reading »

Whaley Bridge Film Group Celebrates Town Council Grant

Whaley Bridge Film Group was set up in June 2010 with the assistance and encouragement of the Whaley Bridge Association by a small team of local volunteers with the purpose of adding to community life in Whaley Bridge.

We were aware that not everyone can or wants to travel into Stockport or Manchester to see a film so we have been showing monthly films locally since then and have also arranged films for the Whaley Water Weekend and other special events.

We show a range of films that will appeal to as wide an audience as possible,  including Continue Reading »

Gladman Homes planning application for Macclesfield Road is published

On 19th February, Gladman Developments Ltd of Congleton, Cheshire, filed a ‘Large Scale Major Application’ with High Peak Borough Council for outline planning consent to build 107 homes on land below Linglongs Road, Whaley Bridge.

Having checked that all necessary reports are provided, and they are many, the Borough Council planning office stamped the application as valid on 9th April, and published its contents on its website for consultation.

The application (ref HPK/2014/0119) comprising some 37 reports may be viewed here:

Those affected should receive notice at their home addresses.

Comments by those affected by the proposal may be made using a link on the webpage above. or in writing to the planning department of High Peak Borough Council.

The application will probably go to the full planning meeting of High Peak Borough Council in June 2014.

Whaley Bridge Town Council is not responsible for planning in Whaley Bridge, but it may make comments. It will be reviewing the application at its Planning Meeting on 8th May following the Annual Council Meeting, and May Town Council meeting. The planning meeting will not commence before 9 pm.


C9 row: campaign chairman says ‘We were gagged’

High Peak Borough Council pushed its projected Local Plan through to another stage on Tuesday 8 April.  C9, the controversial building site near Macclesfield Road, Whaley Bridge, which failed by only one vote last month to be thrown out, is still there. Soon, there will be yet another public consultation, with the council hoping to have its blueprint sewn up in the summer before sending to the government.

There weren’t many words from councillors in this latest ‘extraordinary’ meeting of the council – it only lasted half an hour. There were even fewer words from Whaley Bridge campaigners.  Chairman Kevin Worthington challenged Mayor Tony Kemp, who was chairing the meeting, that there was no time for questions from the public. Speaking without a microphone, Mr Worthington said campaigners had not been given time to ask questions.  Cllr Kemp, speaking with a microphone, asked Mr Worthington to sit down.  A voice from the public area shouted out:  “What are you frightened of?” Continue Reading »

Councillors vote on the draft submission version of Local Plan

At an extraordinary meeting of High Peak Borough Council last night, councillors voted to agree the submission version of the High Peak Local Plan. (Ed: Details of vote awaited)

Besides the controversial list of strategic housing sites, including that off Macclesfield Road, Whaley Bridge, a full set of policies are included which include a definition of sustainable development in the High Peak and cover among other things the proposed mixed development of certain brownfield sites such that as on the land adjoining Bingswood Industrial Estate (see policy DS10 below). This policy protects existing employment on that site. However, access remains a critical practical barrier to development. Continue Reading »

Whaley Bridge Toddler Group Receivers Town Council Grant

At the March meeting of Whaley Bridge Town Council grants were agreed for a number of local organisations including £75 for Whaley Bridge Toddler Group.

Spokesperson, Peter Stead, said: “On behalf of the toddler group in Whaley Bridge I would like to thank Whaley Bridge Town Council for their generous donation of £75. The money has already been spent on purchasing lots of Duplo Lego, including a zoo set, animal clinic set and a safari set. Continue Reading »

Local Plan row simmers on – crunch meeting on 8 April

The next meeting of High Peak Borough council on Tuesday 8 April is  “to agree the latest consultation version of the Local Plan“, according to a press release from the council.

The controversial site C9, off Macclesfield Road, Whaley Bridge, which failed by one vote to be deleted from the plan at the last meeting, has been the centre of a bitter argument. There were 673 objections to C9 from Whaley Bridge, by far the largest number from any area, with two petitions of 527 signatures.

The borough council press release goes on to say:

“The meeting builds on the council meeting held two weeks ago, when it was agreed to include a number of sites in the Local Plan. Councillors are now recommended to accept a series of policies which will form a critical part of the Local Plan. These policies will help to protect areas from, and set standards for, development. Continue Reading »