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Posted on: Tue 12 Nov 2019
The News section of the site is now fully up and running

Conclusion of long running planning saga

Posted on: Sat 03 Dec 2016
The Planning Inspector has finally reached and given his decision on the application to develop for residential housing the old Cheese Factory (see previous posts on this subject). He overturned the decision of the Peak Park Planning committee and has given permission to build 26 houses on the site (the village and its council had opposed the application on the grounds that this development was excessive, was partly on green land, there were insufficient low cost houses included (only four), no work spaces and no concession had been made to green issues - there were a number of other valid gounds of objection. Overall for a development of this size in this particular area, it was a pretty poor quality application. As well as the parish and the National park authority being opposed, so too were the Campaign for Protection of Rural England and the Campaign for Protection of National Parks. Given one of the criteria for 'new build' in the National park,that there must be sufficient enhancement to facilities, this decision was rather suprising. There will apparently be no legal review to this decision, (which could only succeed if the Inspector had erred in law rather than simply in his judgement)

Hartington Creamery wins awards

Posted on: Thu 12 May 2016
Once again our local creamery has won a number of awards, this time at the Melton mowbray Artisan Cheese Festival. One of the owners claire Milner wrote on her facebook page: So proud of all the hard working team at our Hartington Creamery for winning an amazing amount of awards at the Melton Mowbray Artisan Cheese Festival. In any business the shareholders are important for their investment and we as Directors (myself, John and Darren) work hard behind the scenes looking after the business but the credit has to go to our fabulous cheesemakers for their commitment, passion and drive. Well done all of you. Bronze for the Smoked Peakland White, Bronze for our stunning stilton, Gold for the stilton, Best in Class and Trophy Winner in the Protected Food Name Class for the stilton. What a result!!!!

New tea room & farm shop trading for two weeks

Posted on: Sat 05 Mar 2016
Following the entry a couple of weeks ago about the start of a new business venture in the premises still generally described as 'the former Rookes Pottery buildiing' your webmaster and spouse have been on three occasions. The first time (for a meal) was Caroline's opening weekend, when despite being extraordinarily busy, everything appeared to be running extremely smoothly and with smiles on the faces of all staff, and the order was quickly taken and the food served up in no time. It was really good. since then we have been twice mid week and only coffees and tea cakes were ordered but again extremely happy. Really nice atmosphere in these premises. Well recommended.

Farm Shop and tea Room opens this weekend

Posted on: Thu 18 Feb 2016
A young lady, Caroline Stone, from Onecote has taken on the lease of the former Rooks Pottery premises (subsequently a tea room and art studio) and is opening up a farm shop and tea room helped by her sister, a chef. The farm shop will sell meat produced on Caroline's family farm and also other farms in the area.
Interestingly a planning application has been submitted for the insertion of a glazed window in front of the current roller shutters. Your web master always felt that the old roller shutter doors (emanating from the time when these premises were a car dealership and workshop) deterred business into the tea room and visitors from coming in to see the art (except on those days when it was warm enough and still enough not to matter having the really wide shutters up), and it is hoped the planning aplication will be approved. As always with a new business venture opening up in the village we wish Caroline well. Certainly the timing for the opening of the shop seems apt as the excellent butchers selling locally sourced meat at Tissington closed down over the New Year.
Farm Shop and tea Room opens this weekend
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