Councillors have revealed the possible route of an £8million road between Ripley and Woodlinkin at a press briefing today.
The bypass, first proposed 30 years ago but never realised, would be entirely funded through the sale of Amber Valley Borough Council owned land to supermarket chain Morrisons - and is intended to ease the traffic burden on Nottingham Road as it passes through Ripley and Codnor.
Announcing the scheme leader of the council Cllr Stuart Bradford said: “This road has been on the cards for 30 years and no one’s achieved it - now it’s almost within our grasp.”
Cllr Bradford said Derbyshire County Council has approved the scheme in principal, but would not be contributing funds to the bypass.
Monies would rely entirely on land on Nottingham Road playing fields being sold by the council to Morrisons to build a 40,000sq ft supermarket there.
Cllr Bradford said: “I think it should demonstrate to the populous at large that we are keen on recycling any receipt generated from the Morrisons Proposal.
“It is all subject to planning approval, but the intention is to put the thick end of £8million into the scheme.”
The council leader also announced that talks with landowners along the proposed route of the bypass, which would run along the north side of Codnor Gate industrial estate before rejoining the A610 at an as yet undecided location in either Codnor or Woodlinkin, have resulted in an agreement to expand the industrial estate there by six acres on adjoining land.
A further nine acres of recreational land could also be secured on top of existing plans to expand Nottingham Road playing fields and improve them to Green Flag status.
Morrisons is expected to submit a planning application this summer for the supermarket, expected to create more than 300 jobs, while protestors against the plans are currently mounting a village green application on the land there in order to protect the site from development.
Cllr Bradford has called the application a ‘blocking manouevre’ from people ‘who don’t want to see change’.
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