This is an archived press release
Friday 18 February 2005
18 February 2005
Green light for housing and sports development in Eyam
Plans for a 27-home scheme and sports facilities in the historic village of Eyam were given the go-ahead by the Peak District National Park Authority's planning committee today (Friday 18 February).
The application, by Stoney Middleton-based developer LRM plc, includes 10 affordable homes for local needs as well as new sports areas, playground, bowling green, community hall and an 85-space car park.
Similar plans were turned down in 2003 because of their adverse impact on the character of Eyam - but the new scheme has been redesigned to blend better with the existing buildings and village layout.
The site includes a derelict mine, now heavily overgrown, as well as a recreation ground, which would be relocated. The developers would clear unsightly industrial remains and enter a legal agreement to deliver the community facilities.
The scheme is supported by local councils, including Eyam Parish Council, which unanimously said it would benefit the village, providing homes for local young people, better community facilities and generating business.
But it does extend partly beyond the village boundary and was opposed by the Campaign to Protect Rural England, which wanted a more compact development with less visual impact.
Peak District National Park Authority Planning Committee Chair Narendra Bajaria said: "We are conscious that this is a sensitive area and we have listened to all the arguments very carefully. In this case it was our view that the re-design has addressed our previous concerns relating to the character of the village.
"It has resulted in a scheme that is more reflective of the historic form of Eyam and is less intrusive generally and to the village in particular. Great care will be taken to ensure that landscaping reflects the natural and rural characteristics of the area, and that any impact on existing homes will be minimised.
"We believe the overall package of benefits that would result is sufficient to outweigh the objections."