Villagers unconvinced by theme park site plan

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

Plans to build 400 homes, pub, care home, industrial units and more on a former theme park site have been met with scepticism by neighbours.

Earlier this month the developers behind Shipley Lakeside –an ambitious plan to re-develop the derelict American Adventure site – submitted a planning application to Amber Valley Borough Council.

The authority held an exhibition at Shipley Parish Rooms, where villagers told the Advertiser about their concerns, including traffic and fears that the plans may not turn out as developers Waystone have presented it.

“Part of me thinks they have got to do something with it,” said one Shipley resident.

“But it needs to be opened up to the public – it’s a criminal shame that it’s sat for four years.

“What we see here isn’t what you’re going to get, I don’t think.”

Megan Gregory who lives in the country park with her son Jack, 2, said: “It would be nice to see something done with it but it’s whether they it ends up being half finished –which would be worse.

“In the current climate they could run out of money.”

She said the access – currently via Pit Lane – is not enough for 400 homes and she said she was disappointed developers had not included a new school in the plans.

Megan’s mother Anna Williams, who lives next door, said: “That many homes will put a lot of wear and tear on the park too.”