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Villagers’ views sought on major redevelopment

This is an archived press release

Friday 16 January 2009

16 January 2009

Villagers’ views sought on major redevelopment

The Peak District National Park Authority wants to hear people’s views on one of the biggest village redevelopment proposals for generations.

The Authority, parish council and developers are all holding displays and events in the Hope Valley village of Bradwell, where Newburgh Estates want to redevelop the six-hectare (15-acre) Newburgh Engineering site after moving its main base to Rotherham.

Newburgh’s outline planning application includes a mixed development of around 150 new homes (from affordable rented apartments right up to large detached houses), a medical centre, supermarket, community social centre, café/restaurant, offices and industrial space for start-up businesses. Newburgh would also retain a presence on the site.

The redevelopment, which would be phased over five or more years, would mean a major transformation for the heart of the village, an estimated population increase of 30 per cent, a boost to its economy and improved community amenities.

Newburgh, which makes components for the oil/gas, aviation, defence and nuclear industries, was founded in Bradwell in 1938 by the grandfather of the current managing director, Vincent Middleton. At its height it employed 200 people, but after Newburgh expanded to Rotherham in 2002, the Bradwell workforce was reduced to 35.

The Peak District National Park Authority hopes to consider the application in April, but in the run-up to its decision, it wants to hear what local people think.

Bob Bryan, head of planning, said: “This is clearly a major change in the village, which has already generated much community interest. We’d like to encourage people to get involved and give us their views so we can make the planning process work for them.”

People can view the scheme and give comments online at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/planning (application no: NP/DDD/1208/1089), or they can write to the Planning Service, Peak District National Park Authority, Aldern House, Baslow Rd, Bakewell, DE45 1AE. The deadline for comments is February 20.

There is also a range of opportunities to find out about the scheme and give feedback locally:

  • Saturday Jan 24, 9am-12noon - presentation by Newburgh Estates, Methodist Hall, Towngate.
  • Friday Jan 30, 4pm-9pm - Village Referendum, Memorial Hall, Netherside. Residents will be asked to answer “yes” or “no” to the question: “Do you support the outline planning application for the Newburgh site in its present form and scale?”
  • Friday Feb 6, 7pm-9pm - Peak District National Park Authority presentation and question-and-answer session, Memorial Hall.
  • Friday Feb 13, 7.30pm on - parish councillors’ surgery, Methodist Hall.
  • Monday Feb 16, 7.30pm - Bradwell Parish Council decides official response, Methodist Hall.

The plans will also be displayed in the window of the former Spar shop, Netherside, after January 24.

This is an archived press release

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