Plan submitted for Shipley site

A view south of the proposed Shipley Lakeside Development.
A view south of the proposed Shipley Lakeside Development.

Controversial plans for up to 400 homes, business units, a care home and more, on the site of the former American Adventure theme park have been submitted this week.

Neighbours to the site, known as Shipley Lakeside, can now have their say on the site during a public consultation which started on Monday and lasts until Friday April 19.

Cllr Kevin Parkinson, who represents the area on Derbyshire County Council, said he plans to hold three events in Shipley Parish Rooms, Mapperley and Shipley View to discuss the plans with residents.

He said there will be a second and final four-week consultation in June before Amber Valley Borough Council gives the final yes or no to the plans at its September planning committee meeting.

The theme park closed in 2007 and since then the site has been largely reclaimed by nature but is still open to the public and popular with dog walkers and bird watchers.

Plans to re-develop the land were first mooted by Derbyshire County Council in 2009.

Half of the site became Woodside Nature Reserve in 2010.

Late last year developer Waystones revealed its masterplan to neighbours at a public exhibition, announcing it also hoped to include a pub, garden centre and retirement village on the site, which surrounds the large man-made lake in the centre and accessed via Pit Lane in Shipley.