Theme park site: ‘You will get a say’

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After the county council approved a ‘masterplan’ for a former theme park site last week, developers have promised residents will get a say.

Waystone, which has been working on a plan for a large section of the former American Adventure 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 –the local planning authority – is over.

The company will 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, which was not open to the public or press.

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

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

He said he could not confirm or deny anything in the masterplan but that 500 houses – as claimed by the BBC – ‘wouldn’t be a lot’ given the size of the site.

However, Ms Church at Waystone said of theBBC’s claim: “Those figures are not true.”

Cllr Parkinson said that his primary concernis that the plan ‘continues to give free and open access for local people’.

He said he has ‘reservations’ with some aspects and will use the planning process at Amber Valley to make his views known.

Waystone said the masterplan still includes leisure, retail, and small scale industrial uses as well as housing.

The site has been derelict since the theme park shut down in 2007. The other half is now the Woodside Nature Reserve.