- Published on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 12:33
Glossop's chimney is finally set to come down as part of a scheme to provide affordable homes on the former Ferro Alloys site. High Peak Borough Council has announced a deal with Equity Housing Association and housing developer Westleigh to build 44 houses on the Surrey Street site. It has been a long held ambition of the Council to redevelop this site and it has been working hard behind the scenes with the site owner for a number of years.
Council Leader, Councillor Caitlin Bisknell, said: "This is a very important and welcome development for Glossop and shows the Council's determination both to bring brownfield land; back into use and to provide affordable homes for local people. Demolishing the chimney will remove a blot on the landscape and an unwelcome hazard from the town."
Earlier this year the Council supported Equity in an application to the Government's Homes and Communities Agency for funding for the houses. This was approved in the summer and Equity entered into partnership with Westleigh to build the homes.
An exchange of contracts has now taken place between Ferro Alloys and Westleigh who will purchase the site for development.
Glossop councillor and executive member for regeneration, Councillor Godfrey Claff, said: "This development will mean a great deal to Glossop residents. The smelting plant and the chimney have been an environmental blight on the town for around 80 years and to finally see it go will, I think, be celebrated all over the town.
"And to replace it with affordable homes, which are so badly needed in Glossop, is a great achievement. I am really proud of the role the Council has played in bringing this about. This site has been very problematic and to get this far has taken patience and perseverance.
"Of course it is still early days in the development of this project. Plans have yet to be submitted and they have to go before Development Control Committee. It will be up to them whether or not they are approved."
Last week Westleigh distributed a leaflet to nearby residents describing the proposed development and asking for their comments.
(Unedited press release from High Peak Borough Council)