ASHBOURNE Town Council has written to the district council’s head of planning to ask why an enforcement notice has not been served forcing the construction of a footpath behind St Oswald’s Hospital.
The council’s environment committee met last week to discuss the planning condition which obliges Waterside Park developer Cedar House Investments to construct a multi-user path running from School Lane to land off Mayfield Road and it was agreed by members that the town council should step in.
Cedar House Investments recently wrote to the News Telegraph asking readers whether they still want the path, part of the agreement struck with planners when the Clifton Road retail park was built, or whether the money would be better spent on a community asset.
The developer argued that the path would become a burden on the tax-payer due to flooding problems that are on-going on the route, which follows the River Henmore.
Groups and individuals in the town responded strongly to the deal and almost all responses indicated that the footpath must go ahead.
In a letter sent to Derbyshire Dales District Council’s head of planning Paul Wilson on Monday, Ashbourne Town Council said it was concerned over Cedar House’s approach to ‘overturn’ the condition.
Clerk Carole Dean wrote, on behalf of the councillors: They express concern that this situation has been allowed, by your department, to arise in the first place.
“They find it very difficult to understand why the developer has been allowed to ignore a planning condition which clearly states it must be implemented prior to the site being occupied.
“Can you please explain how this situation has been allowed to drag on?”
The letter also mentioned large developments planned for Ashbourne under the draft local plan and stated councillors felt it was imperative that planning conditions are adhered to to ensure the town benefits from future developments.
Before the meeting got underway Jeffrey Phillips, chairman of the Ashbourne Partnership, had urged members of the environment committee to write to the district council.
Speaking during the public consultation period, he said the Ashbourne Partnership would full support a representation made to the district council.