- Monday, 04 March 2013 17:51
Local people turned out in force to have their say at an open forum on how an important area of Matlock town centre should look in the future.
The Council Chamber at Matlock's County Hall was packed for an open forum about the possible redevelopment of Bakewell Road.
Chaired by Derbyshire Dales District Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE, the forum encouraged questions from around 150 local people, plus an online audience following a live Twitter feed.
Providing information on progress to date were Paul Wilson, the District Council's Director of Planning & Housing Services, and Harvey Lay, Associate Director of development company Henry Davidson Developments (HDD).
Afterwards, Councillor Rose said:
It was a fabulous attendance and the big message from the District Council is this event was only the start of the consultation process. More will follow soon, including online feedback through dedicated web and social media channels.
We were able to set the record straight that Bakewell Road remains a blank sheet of paper and there is currently no confirmed interest from a potential "anchor tenant" for any future development. We were happy also to pledge that the public will be consulted again, particularly if and when a tenant is identified.
This will definitely happen before any planning application is submitted by the development company.
At the meeting, both the District Council and HDD stressed that any anchor tenant did not have to be a supermarket. The audience heard that HDD continued to investigate at their own cost many options, included food and non-food retailers and leisure and recreation operators.
A transcript of the Twitter feed on the night is available to read at http://storify.com/derbyshiredales/bakewell-road-redevelopment-open-forum
At the end of 2012, Derbyshire Dales District Council promised that local people would be given an opportunity to have their say before any formal plans were submitted for consideration by Henry Davidson Developments.
The open forum was the first event in a bigger consultation programme that will be announced shortly. If after the first phase of public consultation a planning application is submitted, a further public consultation would happen as part of the due planning process, giving the public the opportunity to put forward their views on two separate occasions.