This is an archived press release
Tuesday 17 March 2009
17 March 2009
Master plan to look at future for Hartington Creamery site
A master plan is being drawn up to secure a new future for a Hartington cheese making factory site that is due to shut later this month.
Long Clawson Dairy announced in February that it is to close Hartington Creamery with the loss of 150 jobs. The company, which bought the factory in September last year, will switch production of Stilton making to its other factories in Leicestershire.
The company has agreed to appoint a consultant to work with the Peak District National Park Authority, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Derbyshire County Council and the Derby and Derbyshire Economic Partnership to look at possible options for the site with the aim of:
- Meeting the needs of the community - such as the desire for affordable housing, a playground and a site for a new village cemetery
- Trying to keep some employment on the site
- Looking to improve the overall look and use of the area for residents and visitors
Jim Dixon, chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “All the authorities have agreed to work with Long Clawson to look at all the needs of people in Hartington and see what is possible on the site when the cheese making factory closes.
“We would like to secure the future of this site as quickly as possible given the current economic climate. The local community will be consulted as proposals are made.
“Our planning officers are already working with Derbyshire Dales District Council and the Peak District Rural Housing Association to look at a proposal for six affordable houses but this will be part of a larger master plan for the whole site.”
Hartington Creamery has been making cheese since 1875 and is one of only seven dairies licensed to produce Blue Stilton. It also makes other cheeses, including Shropshire Blue and Dovedale.