Swiss tearoom plans are in the ‘final stages’

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Officers at Amber Valley Borough Council are in the ‘final stages’ of drawing up the planning application for the new tea rooms at Belper River Gardens.

In July, we exclusively unveiled new designs for the three-winged Edwardian-style attraction, following months of speculatation over the development.

Since then officials at the authority have been finalising the planning application for the project featuring the design to be determined by the council’s planning committee.

It was originally hoped the designs would be ready for the end of July and the planning process would then take around 12 weeks to complete.

This week, the authority has said the blueprints are now reaching completion.

It is thought they may be ready for the council’s planning meeting on October 14.

A spokesman for Amber Valley Borough Council said: “We are in the final stages of completing the planning application and are hoping it will be submitted this month.”

Plans were first drawn up for a replacement tearooms at the gardens in 2010, with an architect being chosen to develop a three-winged Edwardian-style design.

The Friends of Belper River Gardens opposed the original designs in 2011 and expressed concerns that the £400,000 plans had been put on ice earlier this year when new designs failed to materialise.

However, the group gave the new designs their backing when they were finally unveiled two months ago.

The building is two floors, the first floor will have seating for approximately 55 people and will include the servery. The second floor will be for food preparation.

The old tearooms at the River Gardens had been boarded up for years.

The gardens re-opened after a £250,000 reconstruction of the promenade in August 2009.