Mixed reaction to new store and housing plan

nrhn 140711 a 3d version image of how the Nottingham Road 'eco' superstore might look.
nrhn 140711 a 3d version image of how the Nottingham Road 'eco' superstore might look.

A MULTI-MILLION pound homes and supermarket development for Ripley has met with a mixed reaction from nearby residents and traders.

If it receives planning permission, the major ‘gateway’ development by Clowes Westerman could see an ‘eco’ supermarket built on land off Nottingham Road playing fields.

The greens and park, which are presently designated as an ‘open space’ by Amber Valley Borough Council, would be moved further towards Codnor with new facilities built.

The first stage of the long awaited relief road between Ripley and Langley Mill and around 130 new homes are also part of the scheme.

Nottingham Road resident, Rob Staley, 51, lives directly opposite the proposed development. He said: “I think it is absolutely absurd, I have lived on Nottingham Road since 1988 and I moved here for the views of greenery. Why we need another super store is beyond me – there will be only one winner in this scheme – the developers.”

Mr Staley is concerned that even if a relief road is built to take super store traffic away from Nottingham Road, he fears punters will use his road as a ‘rat-run’ to dodge queues.

Umesh Solanki, who owns Holmfield Chemist ,on Codnor High Street, supports plans for a relief road and housing but says a supermarket will have the same effect as in Heanor by pulling trade away from Ripley town centre. “It will clear out all of Codnor as well,” he added.

Robert Spence, who owns the Moss Cottage pub, on Nottingham Road, could see 130 new homes built opposite his business. He said: “If people were to live opposite that is potentially more custom for us, but being a local pub for local people we are sensitive to our regulars’ opinions.”

It is not yet known which supermarket company wants to take over the site. Big players Tesco, Asda, Morissons and Sainsbury’s have all declined to comment so far.

A spokesperson from Clowes Westerman said more would be known after the initial consultation period has finished. A plan is yet to be submitted.

There is to be an exhibition of the plans at Ripley Leisure Centre, on Tuesday, July 19, between 3pm and 7pm. A further consultation is due to take place on Tuesday, July 26, from 3pm to 7pm at the Nottingham Road playing fields car park. To view plans online head to wwww.ripleygateway.co.uk.