Have your say on theme park development

AMBITIOUS plans to create a huge leisure and housing development on the former American Adventure site will come under public scrutiny this week.

Developer Swanwick-based Waystone is due to present a draft development brief for the 114-acre complex comprising 13 acres of housing, a hotel and a retirement village to the council on Monday.

The ‘Lakeside’ development is to be located inside what is set to be the county’s biggest nature reserve, bordering Shipley and Mapperley villages and Heanor.

A six-week public consultation starts on Tuesday, during which residents can air their concerns, which have so far included worries about the size of the housing section and its encroachment into green land.

Derbyshire county councillor for the area Kevin Parkinson said: “As far as we are concerned at Derbyshire county council, we welcome the opportunity to use the expertise that Waystone has in regeneration – which is why the firm was given exclusivity for development of the site.”

He said that he understands that Waystone is planning to build the housing part of the development first to bring in cash to fund the site’s other planned developments.

“Residents and the parish councils are asking, why would housing naturally go there?” he said.

“It’s never had housing there before and is considered to be greenbelt,

“But at the end of the day it’s important that we have a new development on there, that it’s mixed use, and that it affords free and open access for local people.”

He has urged those living near to the site to make their views known.

“People in Amber Valley borough will be asked their views directly but people in Erewash, particularly in the Cotmanhay area, are people that had jobs previously in the American Adventure site,” he added.

“They can make their views known to me as county councillor for the area.”

Cllr Parkinson is planning to meet residents who live closest to the site in Shipley, Mapperley and Heanor to let them know about the consultation.

After the six weeks are up, Waystone will present a report to Amber Valley Borough Council’s planning board, including the results of the consultation, on April 4.

After that the firm will seek planning permission for each separate development for the site from the authority.