Residents strongly opposed to planned holiday complex

The site location plan for the proposed holiday lodges on The Heath. Credit: Joseph Boniface Architects Ltd.

Strong opposition has been voiced by residents over plans for a holiday complex to be built on the edge of Glossop.

As we reported earlier this week, Unique Holiday Stays Ltd have submitted a planning application to build a luxury holiday lodge complex on land off The Heath.

However, the plans have prompted 21 formal objections so far from residents on Bowden Road, Laurel View and Hawthorne Drive.

The development, if approved, would be built on a small plot of former farmland, located between two established housing estates.

One resident, who spoke directly to the Chronicle, said: “My concern, and the concern of a number of my neighbours is that very little attention has been paid to the suitability of the location, the lack of privacy it will bring.

“There would also be a significant increase in noise over the low current ambient levels from tourist vehicular traffic and the occurrence of alfresco living encouraged by the provision of the elevated decking with outdoor dining and lounging facilities.”

Also causing concern is the lack of provision for an established boundary, or additional landscaping to provide a privacy barrier between holidaymakers and local families.

“All the more galling, the slope of the land means that the raised decking around all these lodges will be roughly level with the top of our garden fences - giving us an unwanted eyeful of anyone getting in and out of the hot tubs they plan to embed in the decking.”

The drainage of the site is also causing worry.

“The planned drainage is soakaways and as it is clay soil it is more likely that we will get an overflow of water into our gardens,” said the resident.

Residents are also unhappy at what they view as errors on the application and they believe the photographs submitted are misleading and not taken from the locations stated.

In the application, Unique Holiday Stays Ltd say the development will help meet an ongoing need for visitor accommodation and would benefit the local area.

Residents, however, disagree and say the particular development proposed is not needed and is inappropriate for the location.

The application to be determined by High Peak Borough Council is available to view at www.highpeak.gov.uk.

Comments can be made on the application until 17 June.

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