Theme park plans open to consultation

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Developers have promised residents will get a say after a ‘masterplan’ for a former American Adventure theme park site was approved .

Waystone, which has been working on a plan for a large section of the former Wild West theme park site for nearly four years, this week denied claims that there are 500 homes planned for the 114-acre site.

Marketing co-ordinator at the Swanwick-based firm Michelle Church, said no details of the plan will be revealed until a three to four-month consultation with Amber Valley Borough Council was over.

The company would then show the plans to the public and ask them to comment before finally submitting a planning application to Amber Valley later this year, she said.

The masterplan was approved by Derbyshire county councillors at a cabinet meeting last week.

Cllr Kevin Parkinson, member for Greater Heanor, said he was ‘confident’ about the plans.

“Whatever Waystone is proposing is effective at bringing the site forward for regeneration. There is no argument with that. We have confidence within the proposal that it’s tangible,” he said.

He added that he could not confirm or deny anything in the masterplan, but said his primary concern was that the plan ‘continues to give free and open access for local people’.

He said he had ‘reservations’ with some aspects and would use the planning process to make his views known.

Waystone said the plan still included leisure, retail, and small scale industrial uses as well as housing. The site has been derelict since the park shut down in 2007. The other half is now the Woodside Nature Reserve.