Plans to build homes at former university campus given stamp of approval

Plans from Persimmon Homes for 153 new houses on land off Trenchard Drive in Buxton have been approved by High Peak Borough Council.

The 5.24 hectare application site comprises of the former University of Derbyshire Harpur Hill Campus, which closed in 2009. All university buildings on the site have since been demolished and the site is now vacant.

The 153 homes proposed for the site will feature of a combination of 2 and 2.5 storey mews, semi-detached and detached properties. 81 of these properties will have two bedrooms, 65 will have three bedrooms and 7 will have four bedrooms.

A document released ahead of the final decision on the plans reads: “The site is located within reasonable walking distance of a number of local amenities and bus links and has previously been established as a sustainable location for new development through the allocation of the site and granting of planning permission on the neighbouring site at Heathfield Nook.

“The scheme is considered to be acceptable in terms of design and layout and would provide an adequate standard of amenity for existing and future residents.”