Revised  April 2014

Areas of Special Countryside in Chapel-en-le Frith Parish:  Special Countryside, AMES Areas of Primary Sensitivity, Special Landscape Areas, Local Green Space, Special Country Lanes.

Special Countryside

In response to a question in the Chapel Vision Survey 270 people suggested specific green spaces that they regarded as particularly special and wanted to protect from development. The areas they nominated were numerous and widely distributed across the Parish, some in the built up area and some in the countryside, mainly outside the Peak District National Park.  A large sample (approx 50%) of the comments and areas mapped by the respondents have been combined, to show on a map the  areas of countryside that local people want to protect, see Fig A1.1. The reasons they gave for wanting to protect these areas were mainly the quality of the views, walks and wildlife.

Fig A1.1 was derived by placing a transparent grid, consisting of 40 X 50 squares each representing an area of 1 hectare, over maps drawn by respondents in reply to the survey. The areas drawn by each respondent were then transferred to a similar array of cells in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. Simple Excel algorithms added the results to determine the total number of respondents nominating each square. In most cases the respondents indicated the areas they wanted to protect by written comments rather than a map. In those cases a map was drawn to represent their comments and the same procedure was then applied. This procedure was repeated for the 50% sample of responses and the results were doubled to represent the density of nominations per hectare for each square over the whole survey.

Taking  these results together with the fact that 790 respondents to another question wanted to protect all places outside the built up area shows that a very large number of local people think that the areas shown in Fig A 1.1 should be protected from inappropriate development

Some of the 200 local people who attended two public consultation events held at Chapel-en-le –Frith Town Hall and Dove Holes Community Centre had also indicated places they wanted to protect and enhance by putting stickers on a large map (Fig A1.2). Those results were in general agreement with the results from the Chapel Vision Survey but give a better indication of the areas that Dove Holes residents wanted to protect

The results from the survey (Fig A1.1), the two public consultation events (Fig.A1.2) and direct consultation with local residents were combined to produce the area defined as Special Countryside in Fig.A1.3

The Special Countryside area lies mainly within the area of the Parish that was designated as valley pasture in the Peak National Park Authority’s landscape character assessment (see Fig.A1.6). This area has its own distinct character and abundant wildlife. It also tends to be flatter land that provides more accessible and easier walking than the steeper areas of the Parish. It is highly visible from the nearby hills, making it an important part of the setting of the Peak District National Park that surrounds it.

Derbyshire County Council’s, Areas of Multiple Environmental Sensitivity (AMES) study examined the combined visual, ecological and historic aspects of the sensitivity to development of landscape areas throughout Derbyshire. Only a tiny fraction of the High Peak District was identified as being of Primary Sensitivity and that area of Primary Sensitivity lies mainly within Chapel-en-le-Frith Parish (see Fig A1.4).

Combining the Special Countryside area (Fig A1.3) with the area of Primary Sensitivity identified by the AMES study (Fig A1.4) and the Special Landscape Areas previously established by HPBC (Fig A1.5) shows that almost  all of the countryside outside the built up areas of the Parish has been identified as special, most of it by independent expert opinion.

Identification of special local green spaces

A second approach was also employed in analysing the comments made by respondents to the Chapel Vision survey question that asked them in to identify special green spaces in or close to their town or village. The number of people suggesting the same place by name was counted, using a Microsoft Excel algorithm and also, separately, by two volunteers who read all of the comments. The results confirmed the peak densities recorded in Fig A1.1.  Volunteers with good local knowledge then studied the most frequently mentioned areas and identified spaces within those areas that they considered special and to be consistent with the criteria given in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for Local Green Space designation[1]. The spaces the local volunteers identified are listed in Table A1.

Other green spaces within the built up area, including those owned or controlled by the Parish Council were added to the list.

After preliminary consultation with an officer of High Peak Borough Council and review by the Chapel Vision Countryside Group and Chapel Vision Steering Committee, some of the places listed in Table A 1 were considered to be suitable for proposal for Local Green Space designation and they are listed Table 1 in the Draft Neighbourhood Plan[2]. Other spaces were considered more suitable for alternative designations and they are listed separately in the Neighbourhood Plan (Table2).

Special Country Lanes

In replies to the Chapel Vision survey some people indicated that they wanted to protect areas around particular country lanes. To accommodate their wishes some lanes in the Parish are described here as Special Country Lanes[3]. Those particular Special Country Lanes (Table A1) also have links to the network of footpaths in the Parish and potential to provide links to the Greenways network[4], 2.

Other spaces that local people wish to protect

Evidence is available, including comments and in some cases photographs produced by local people in support of the green space proposals and nominations for Local Green Space designation that were eventually excluded from the Neighbourhood Plan. Information and reasons why those spaces were not included in the plan will be provided in Appendix AE1.

[1] National Planning Policy Framework, Department of Communities and Local Government, 2012, paragraph 77

[2] Chapel-en-le-Frith Parish,  Draft Neighbourhood Plan, July 2013

[3]Definition of Special Country Lane : A lane in the countryside that is special to local people for its  character, beauty, tranquillity, wildlife,  views , walking , cycling or horse riding.

[4] West Derbyshire and High Peak Greenways Strategy, Derbyshire Countryside Services, Derbyshire County Council, October 2008

[1]Definition of Special Country Lane : A lane in the countryside that is special to local people for its  character, beauty, tranquillity, wildlife,  views , walking , cycling or horse riding.

[1] West Derbyshire and High Peak Greenways Strategy, Derbyshire Countryside Services, Derbyshire County Council, October 2008


Table of suggested green spaces for protection

Potential Local Green Spaces (LGS), Special Countryside, Special Country lanes

 Space Reason for protection Suggested method of protection

(HPBC policy )[1]

1 Memorial Park Chapel Recreation Protected District Park


2 Needham Recreation ground – Chapel Recreation Local Equipped Area of Play


3 Courses Allotments site- Chapel Recreation Allotment site


4 The Leys allotments site-Chapel Recreation No recommendation
5 Memorial Park Play Area Recreation Local Equipped Area of Play (LEAP)


6 Football and cricket grounds


Recreation Playing Fields


7 Small grass area between Primary School and Methodist Churchyard Used by Brownies and  for community events LGS
8 Warmbrook area behind primary school Walking

Interest (brook and weirs etc)


included in Chapel Vision

Town End plan

9 Tramps Park Historic LGS
10 Orchard ,  Bowden Lane, between footpath to Bowden Hall and Kelsa Trucks Wildlife


11 LT4 space between Miry Meadows and Church Lane Open green space


Wildlife habitat


Included in Chapel Vision

Town Centre plan

12 Church yards

(several in Parish)

Open space (for quiet contemplation linked to the promotion of wildlife conservation and biodiversity


13 Cricket Pitch, Dove Holes Recreation Playing Field


14 Dove Holes allotment Recreation Allotment Site


15 Dove Holes Play area Recreation Local Equipped Area of Play
16 Football field , Dove holes Recreation Playing Field


17 The Bull Ring henge, Dove Holes Historic National Monument
18 Land behind Dove holes community land Wildflowers



19 Target wall field –Long Lane-Martinside Historic interest

Wildlife, Walking

20 Land around Combs Reservoir Wildlife



21 Field adjacent to Combs School Used for village fun day and summer events LGS
22 Field in centre of Combs village Key element of Village character LGS
23 Field to the east of Combs Road Important for toad migration Special Countryside
24 Fields , north of Ridge Lane Combs Wildlife Special Countryside
25 Charley Lane Rural landscape Special Country Lane
26 Spring Meadow Countryside buffer for Conservation area

Next to tramway

Special Countryside


27 Whitehough side of Eccles Pike Walking and views Special Countryside
28 Golf Course Recreation


Wildlife buffer

29 Fields between Homestead Way and Ashbourne Lane walking and sledging

Iconic fields view from Church Brow


30 Fields between High School, railway, Bank Hall Drive, and Marsh Hall Farm Wildlife, views, tranquillity Special Countryside
31 Land approaching Chapel South Station, between railways and Bank Hall Drive Countryside setting for popular local walk

Approach to Chapel by rail

Wildlife habitat

32 Fields to south of Chapel South railway and adjacent to footpath to Combs To protect views from popular footpaths Special Countryside
33 Fields adjacent to Long Lane Character

Visual impact

Wildlife habitat

Special Countryside


34 High School Fields Recreation



Playing Field


35 Crossings Road area Character Special Countryside
36   E Area surrounding Eccles Pike Character, Views,Walks Special Countryside
37 Bowden Hall –the Wash-

Chapel Milton-A6 bypass

(including Bowden Wood and Bowden Lane)




Special Countryside
38 Bowden Lane to Bowden Head Character Special Country Lane
39 Bluebell Wood (Bowden to The Wash) Beauty, Walking


Mature Woodland


40 (a)South of Manchester Road

(b) North of Manchester Road

Visual approach to Chapel LGS
41 Ridge Lane (Combs)-Cow Low Lane (Dove Holes) Views Special Country Lane
42 Bank Hall Drive Views


Special Country Lane
43 Long Lane from Combs Village to Ladder Hill (inc. green lane section) Views,


DWT wildlife site

Special Country Lane
44 Peak Forest Tramway Recreation and historic value Chapel Vision Policy

(Green Infrastructure EQ7)

45 Bowden Lane, between the Lodge nursing home and A624 Wildlife, character, history LGS
46 Fields around Black Brook, alongside tramway, Between Longsons and Kelsa Trucks Tranquil, wildlife, setting for tramway LGS
47 Field behind Mortons Yard, Tunstead Milton, between Randall Carr Brook and canal feeder Tranquil, wildlife, footpath LGS
48 Primary school field Recreation Playing Field


49 Burnside Avenue

public green space

Community recreation play, picnics


50 Lesser Lane Combs to Whitehall Walking


Special Country Lane
51 Eccles Road to Eccles Pike Walking


Special Country Lane
52 Crossings Road to Charley Lane Walking Special Country Lane
53 Small Green Space

South Head Drive

Character LGS
54 Long Lane Entrance to Bank Hall Drive Trees




[1] High Peak Local Plan Preferred Options, February 2013