Store decision to be set back

nrhn Aerial view of the proposed Nottingham Road superstore in Ripley.
nrhn Aerial view of the proposed Nottingham Road superstore in Ripley.

An August date has now been set for Amber Valley Borough Council planning board members to decide the fate of Ripley’s Gateway scheme.

The proposals for a Morrisons supermarket, revamped recreational space, 126 homes and a relief road between the Butterley roundabout and Woodlinkin were due to come before the planning board on July 15.

But the council says issue raised at recent consultation events at the Moss Cottage pub in Ripley through June mean the plans are not ready to go before councillors in just over a week’s time.

Several townsfolk who attended the consultations told the News they wanted more information on the traffic impact created by the scheme.

Assistant director of planning and regeneration Derek Stafford said it is now aiming for a board date of August 12 , to give planning officers more time to compile reports for the elected members to consider.

He said: “We have recently consulted on a range of further and revised information that the applicants have put forward and we have had several responses - we clearly need to be looking at these and will take it to the planning board when we are in a position to do so.”

The scheme is due to come before councillors at Wednesday night’s full council meeting, where they are due to discuss a retail and planning statement submitted by development consultants Peacock and Smith.

Mr Stafford confirmed the Midlands Co-operative Society has lodged an objection to the report on the basis it was commissioned by Gateway developers Clowes Westerman.

He said: “It has been suggested to us that we commission someone independent to look at (Peacock and Smith’s) findings to see if they are robust or not.”

He added: “At this stage we are still deciding whether this is the best courseof action to take.”