A bid to build up to 400 new homes,with business and leisure facilities on Shipley Country Park has been recommended for approval by officers.
The Shipley Lakeside project, submitted by Alfreton-based Waystone Developments, includes a neighbourhood centre, a pub and hotel, a health care campus, and zones for business, training, leisure and education.
Derek Stafford, assistant director of planning and regeneration at AVBC, said there had been delays because the council wanted the developers to address some ‘fairly significant issues’. He said: “It’s been a long time since the initial plans were approved by the county council (in July 2012) but that’s not a surprise given the size and complexity of the application.”
Waystone director Helen McLoughlin said the firm had been responding to feedback from consultation sessions with the public.
Opponents say it presents significant risks to the openness of the Green Belt, conflicts in both scale and character with its surroundings, will have a substantial visual impact on the park and produce unsustainable traffic movements and congestion on the A6007 .
The application goes before the planning board on May 12.