Proposals withdrawn

A PLANNING meeting was left in a "shambles" after the American Adventure's proposals to extend were withdrawn from the agenda at the last minute.

Up to 40 residents attended the planning board meeting of Amber Valley Borough Council at Ripley Town Hall on Monday evening to hear the item be discussed.

But many left angered and dismayed as they discovered that the proposals, which had been recommended for refusal, had been wiped from the agenda.

Vice Chairman of the planning meeting, coun Francis Bulkeley-Kirkham, said: "I apologise to members of the committee and to the general public who have arrived tonight to hear this application being discussed.

"Late Thursday we had a request to withdraw the application. The reason given to us was that the American Adventure are reconsidering their position."

One resident, on leaving the meeting said: "It's was a complete shambles - a total waste of our time.

The American Adventure on Pit Lane, Shipley, is owned by Venture World Ltd. They are proposing to extend the theme park on 92 hectares of green belt land.

The American Adventure submitted their proposals in January 2003 before lodging an appeal on grounds of non-determination several months later. A duplicate plan was then resubmitted around September 2003, to allow Amber Valley Borough Council to consider it. This plan was withdrawn.

The appeal, for which the Public Inquiry is scheduled for June 15th 2004, has also been deferred for up to three months to enable further consideration and discussion.

Steve Walsh, of Amber Valley Borough Council's planning department, said: "We were hoping to get some sort of answers about the application from our planning board on Monday, but that didn't happen.

He added: "It's all up in the air now".

No one was available for comment at the American Adventure at the time of going to press.