Ripley Morrisons supermarket plan set to be considered in January

A birds' eye view of how the Gateway scheme would look when completed on Nottingham Road, Ripley.
A birds' eye view of how the Gateway scheme would look when completed on Nottingham Road, Ripley.

Aplan to build a Morrisons supermarket and 126 new homes on the outskirts of Ripley will not be considered until the New Year.

Amber Valley Borough Council ’s planning board will now look at the controversial Ripley ‘Gateway’ scheme plans at its January 20 meeting instead of the planned December one.

Council bosses have hinted the applications could also be the subject of a special meeting in the New Year.

The council’s assistant director of planning and regeneration, Derek Stafford, said: “The target date has been revised to the following meeting of the planning board on January 20, 2014, although the council may hold a special meeting of the planning board on a different date, given the scale and nature of the two applications and the level of public interest in them. This would not be before January 20, 2014.”

Two applications by Clowes Westerman Ltd have been submitted. One is a full planning application at the Greenwich Recreation Ground, in Nottingham Road for a large food store with a petrol station, car parking and access, new and replacement playing fields, a sports pavillion, other recreational facilities and highway works.

The other is an outline application for 126 homes with new road off Nottingham Road.

A third application to build a new A610 link road between the Derbyshire Police HQ roundabout at Butterley and the entrance to Ormonde Fields Golf Club at Codnor, including proposals for around 1,000 homes and a range of industrial, commercial, retail, leisure, sports facilities and recreation uses, will be considered in May 2014.

Comments on road and homes plan must be made by December 19.

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