Planners say Yes to new homes at farm

Reddish Farm

High Peak borough planners are recommending the council to approve plans for five new homes to be developed from Reddish Farm, Reddish Lane, Whaley Bridge.  The unoccupied farmhouse and buildings stand on a former working farm, overlooking Toddbrook Reservoir.  The site is behind Taxal and Fernilee primary school, and near the sports area.

View of Toddbrook Reservoir

View of Toddbrook Reservoir

An application to develop the farm buildings, creating six new homes, was withdrawn last July.  The buildings will be converted into two 3-bed and three 2-bed homes. The resubmitted plan for five homes seeks to retain but modernise and extend the original farmhouse as a single residence.

Comments from the planners said:  “The re-use of these (farm) buildings for residential purposes … is a good use of existing resources to provide housing in a sustainable location close to existing services and public transport.”  [Ed: See Link]

English Heritage earlier responded to a request, but considered the farmstead did not warrant being designated as a listed building.  Council planners point out that the farm is of local historic interest.  They say proposed conversions are sympathetic in design and character.

Story by James Middleton

[Ed: The application will be determined by High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control Committee  at 1.30pm at Chapel Town Hall on Monday January 16, 2012 and anybody may attend.]