This is an archived press release
Monday 20 June 2011
A Derbyshire Dales District Council plan for new public toilets in Bakewell has received the go-ahead.
Peak District National Park Authority planning committee approved the proposal for a new toilet block in the car park at Granby Road, which will include facilities for parents and children, wheelchair-users and market traders.
The existing public toilets close by, which lack space for these amenities, will also be refurbished.
Four objections had been received, raising concerns about the location close to people’s homes, unsightliness, smells and noise. Bakewell Town Council, in light of the objections, suggested finding a site with less impact on residents.
But planning officers advised that this was a community facility right in the town centre where it was most needed, and close to existing toilets. They also said that the traditional design would be in keeping with the conservation area and that only the slate roof would be seen from the adjacent home.
A requirement to site the extractor vents away from the houses meant that smells and noise should not be a problem, provided the toilets were properly maintained. The toilets would also be closed at night, from 7.30pm to 7am.
Derbyshire Dales district councillors who are on the planning committee left the room for the whole item, but the rest of the planning committee welcomed the proposal at a time when many public toilets were being closed by local authorities.