This is an archived press release
Friday 30 March 2012Plans for a £3.5 million redevelopment of a rural business park have today (Friday 30 March) been approved by the Peak District National Park Authority.
The owners of the Rockmill Business Park at The Dale in Stoney Middleton have been given outline planning permission to demolish the existing building and build a new one which will house:
• a heritage centre with café and community facility
• tourist accommodation with underground parking
• craftwork units
• craft shop and
• two homes for people working at the site
Members of the authority heard the application would normally be against planning policies because part of it involves building new holiday accommodation rather than converting an existing building. The two manager’s homes would also only normally be allowed if it was demonstrated that both buildings were essential to the running of the business.
John Herbert, chair of the planning committee, said: “Members carefully considered this application and decided it should be an exception to our normal policy.
“It was strongly supported by the local community, who see this as an important site which acts as a gateway to the village and provides facilities for the community and visitors.
“The owners told the meeting that the redevelopment could create up to 30 jobs for local people.
"We also felt that the impact of the buildings on the landscape was reduced because of its location in a gorge".
The Authority granted permission with conditions to:
• protect the surrounding ecology and environment
• set the café opening hours as 7am to 10pm
• set out the permitted size and height of the buildings
• ensure the heritage centre and café are made available for use by local residents and the holiday units are not occupied by any individual for more than 28 days
Nine people spoke at the meeting in support of the plans including local councillors, residents and businesses. No objections were made.
The application is now referred to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government because it is an exception to normal planning policies.