THE FIRM picked to re-develop part of the former American Adventure theme park land has committed itself to putting forward plans for the site in six months’ time.
Waystones – the firm chosen by Derbyshire County Council to develop the Lakeside part of the site – has so far not revealed any of its ‘masterplan’ for the overgrown area in Shipley.
But bosses have now signed a contract with the authority setting a deadline of six months to submit the first planning application.
County and Amber Valley borough councillor Kevin Parkinson had blasted the firm in his newsletter earlier in the week, saying he was becoming ‘less confident’ that the Swanwick-based firm would deliver what residents want to see on the site.
But since the formal agreement was signed, he has welcomed the news.
“This gives me some confidence that if the application is approved we will see boots on the ground and bricks being laid next spring,” he added.
“However I am keen that Waystone now consults locally to ensure that their plans for Shipley Lakeside achieve local support.”
Both Cllr Parkinson and county council officers have agreed that they do not want to see housing or a large-scale retail development on the site.
They said this was in a bid to prevent Heanor and Ilkeston ‘merging’
In 2008 the theme park site was split in half with Waystones chosen to develop the Lakeside area and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust to create the biggest nature reserve in the county outside of the Peak District with the other half.
Since then there has been a lot of debate over what residents would like to see built in the area.
Early suggestions were hotels, a retirement complex and sports and leisure uses.
The site is currently fenced off and has been a target for arsonists and vandals.
Waystones were unavailable for comment on the proposal.