Revealed: up to 400 homes for Shipley

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Long-awaited plans for a former theme park have been revealed for the first time this week, including up to 400 homes.

Developers at Alfreton-based Waystone have been working on a plan, comprising homes, leisure uses and employment for the lakeside half of American Adventure since 2009.

Now they are asking for your views on the controversial plans, which some residents have criticised for being a step towards merging Ilkeston and Heanor and losing an important green barrier.

The site has become overgrown and parts have been closed off to the public since the theme park closed in 2007.

Stuart Mcloughlin, of Waystone, said: “We firmly believe that our plans for Shipley Lakeside offer a positive, sustainable future for a site which has endured a chequered recent past.”

The lakeside, currently fenced off to the public is set to be re-opened and 300 to 400 homes built on the western banks. A small business park, including office and industrial space, could be built to the east of the lake.

There will be also be a garden centre, care home and educational facilities.

And the island site will be home to a pub, restaurant, hotel and conference suite.

There will be two consultation events – one in Shipley parish room on November 1 and another at All Saints Church in Marlpool on November 6.

Greater Heanor councillor Kevin Parkinson is asking Waystone to consider holding similar events in Ilkeston.

“Waystone is meeting its obligation in terms of consulting the local planning authority –Amber Valley –but the Shipley View and Cotmanhay communities have equally strong opinions about the former American Adventure,” he said.

He added that he hopes as many people as possible will express their views, good or bad, on the site.

Waystone said it will also be launching a website containing details of the plan soon.