A LANDMARK Victorian building could soon be demolished to make way for a housing development.
Developers hope to knock down Chindrass House, in Starkholmes, and build three two-storey properties on its site.
The house, which had been turned in to three flats, has been derelict for several years and two applications to develop the building have been rejected by Derbyshire Dales District Council.
Former resident Michael Fay, contacted the Mercury to urge planners to throw out the development until a thorough investigation, to find out if the building can be saved, had been carried out.
Mr Fay, of Huddersfield, who lived in Chindrass House for ten years as a child, said: “Permission to demolish Chindrass House, a splendid example of a large Victorian villa with many interesting architectural features should not be given lightly. As a former resident of Chindrass I hope it will not be given at all because that might send an unfortunate message to ‘developers’ that if you neglect a property for long enough than you will eventually get your way.”
But applicant, Newton Developments, said the new scheme has been sensitively designed to respect and enhance the character of the village and residents say the property, which has a kitchen garden, an orchard, two tiers of garden and a woodland hillside, has become and eye sore.
Resident and councillor Ian Milne, said the application was set to be discussed at a Matlock Town Council meeting, on Monday.
He added: “It is clear to me that the applicant has spent a lot of time talking to the district council about their ideas.
“The residents I’ve spoken to are quite happy about the plans and don’t particularly feel emotional about the building.
“It has been derelict for several years and has become an eye sore.”
The plans are set to be decided by the district council in March.
l To read Mr Fay’s full letter and In Our Opinion see page six.