Planners dash Bakewell development hopes

PLANS to revamp a business park in a popular Peak District town have been refused, despite a brewery saying part of the scheme was “critical” to its future success.

Directors at the Th0rnbridge Brewery, which is based on the Riverside Industrial Park in Bakewell, told planners that a new bridge included in the plan was a much-need improvement.

But members of the Peak District National Park Authority’s planning committee rejected the argument along with others made by the site’s owners Riverside Business Park Ltd.

The firm had applied to build new units, offices and craft workshops to replace some existing business buildings on the site, reducing the employment space from 20,279 sq metres to 12,192 sq metres

It had also asked for permission for 76 town houses and apartments for sale on the open market to pay for the rest of the development and 10 affordable one-bedroom apartments.

Blueprints showed that once the first 30 houses were built, a bridge would be constructed to link with the A6 Buxton Road.

Objections to the scheme were received from Bakewell Town Council, Bakewell and District Civic Society and 24 residents who had concerns over traffic and the number of affordable homes.

Riverside Business Park said nearly half of the space available on its site was unoccupied because the existing units did not meet modern standards.

If you have been past it recently it is quite frankly an eyesore and something needs doing to develop the site for sure.

Do you see how affordable housing is now the buzz word in planning applications. But on this occassion 10 affordable homes wasn’t enough to get the green light.

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