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Plans to redevelop Riverside Business Park in Bakewell have been refused by the Peak District National Park Authority. The £25 million scheme would have included 130,000 square feet of industrial units, plus 88 open market and nine affordable homes.


Our planning officer, John King, gave our views to the Park Authority’s planning committee. We backed the principle of the scheme, but thought that it needed to include more affordable houses, and have better renewable energy technology.


The planning committee turned it down, saying it

  • would lead to the loss of employment land
  • would not provide enough affordable housing
  • had inadequate information about the sustainability and viability of the scheme

We welcome the fact that the Authority takes affordable housing and renewable energy seriously, but still think the scheme has potential to provide local people with jobs and houses.