Call for answers over supermarket

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.

ANXIOUS Ripley residents claim they have been left in the dark by developers over a revised plan for a supermarket on the edge of town.

In October Amber Valley Borough Council announced the multi-million pound Ripley ‘gateway’ scheme for Nottingham Road would be amended after townsfolk opposed the plans, which included the large store.

The development by Brailsford-based Clowes Westerman proposed an ‘eco-superstore’ on the council-owned playing fields there and planned to re-site recreational facilities further towards Codnor.

Now revised plans for the playing fields could see the size of the superstore reduced with recreational facilities kept closer to Ripley and upgraded to a Green Flag standard.

But while scaled maps of the proposed new ‘Greenwich Park’ have been circulated by the authority, there is still no sign of an amended supermarket proposal. A planning application has yet to be submitted.

Now townsfolk are calling on Clowes Westerman for details.

David Clarke, who owns Clarkes department store on Grosvenor Road, said: “The new plans are definitely an improvement over the old ones. But we are not happy with the proposed superstore in any form. Until we know the size of the proposed development, I don’t think anyone can really comment.”

Mr Clarke has begun gathering opposition to the supermarket proposals in time the planning application. A petition he started a fortnight ago has gathered 500 names in its first week.

Mangl Nijjar, who owns the a corner shop on Oxford Street, has a copy of the petition in his shop for people to sign. He said: “I don’t think many people are interested in a supermarket.”

Council leader Cllr Stuart Bradford said Clowes’ store plan was a separate matter to the improved recreation ground, adding that the park revamp would go ahead even if a store plan is turned down.

The authority is asking the public for their views on the park proposals online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RipleyGatewayConsultation.

This week Clowes said it had no more information to give on the supermarket plan at present. The matter was due to be discussed at a council meeting in private yesterday.