National Park Authority encourages revamp for historic business site

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Thursday 22 December 2005

22 December 2005

National Park Authority encourages revamp for historic business site

Plans for an ambitious redevelopment of an historic business site in Bakewell were welcomed in principle by Peak District National Park planning committee.

The committee was in favour of regenerating the Riverside Business Park, off the A6 Buxton Road - but wanted a more cohesive master-plan before it could come to a decision.

The site’s owners, Litton Properties, of Pilsley, were asked to work further on their outline plans and bring them back at a later date.

The site - where Sir Richard Arkwright first harnessed river power for his third mill in the 18th century - is currently occupied by light and heavy industrial businesses and offices, providing 225 jobs. Half the site is vacant and under-used.

Lumford Mill, next to the River Wye, is a listed building, and Arkwright’s original water management system is a scheduled ancient monument. Other parts of the site were used in the Second World War for producing submarine batteries. The regeneration would conserve the heritage buildings while providing more modern industrial units, office space and residential units.

Planning committee chair Narendra Bajaria said: “We recognise the importance of this site for Bakewell, both as a major employer and for its historic importance, and we welcome the developers’ approach - we would be keen to see it regenerated in principle.

“But it is a very complex site, and we would like a planning development brief that offers a more coherent vision, showing how the industrial, office and residential uses could work together while incorporating its historic background. We would also wish to see local residents’ concerns addressed fully.”

Nearby residents are concerned about traffic, access and drainage.

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