This is an archived press release
Monday 15 February 2010
15 February 2010
Bakewell business park redevelopment plans refused
Plans to build industrial units, offices and 97 homes at a business park in Bakewell have been refused by the Peak District National Park Authority.
Litton Properties wanted to redevelop Riverside Business Park in a £25 million scheme that would have seen 130,000 sq ft (12,000 m2) of industrial units built on site, alongside a mix of 88 open market and nine affordable homes.
A new road bridge was also planned to connect the site, off Buxton Road, to the A6.
Litton Properties wanted the new homes to fund the cost of building the bridge and industrial units. The money would have also been used on flood defence work for the site.
But the outline planning application was turned down by members of the authority who decided the move would go against planning policy and:
- Lead to the loss of employment land
- Would not provide enough affordable housing
- Had inadequate information about the sustainability and viability of the scheme
Councillor Hilda Gaddum, chair of the authority’s planning committee, said: “This is such an important site in Bakewell we must get it right.
“While the committee understood the case the developer was making that some housing might be needed on the site to provide the necessary funding to build the bridge and industrial units we felt the balance of proposals in this particular application was wrong.”
Local residents told the planning committee that it was crucial that the bridge connecting the site was built before any other development took place.
Friends of the Peak District said their initial concerns about the amount of affordable housing had been addressed as far as possible. But they remained concerned there was no precise commitment from Litton Properties to integrate renewable energy into their proposals.
Members of the planning committee stressed they would like the Peak District National Park Authority to continue working with Litton Properties to find a more suitable solution to achieve redevelopment of the site.