A6 Development: The facts

People have a final opportunity to have their say on plans for a huge development site in Belper, where Tesco had hoped to build a megastore.

The development brief, which lays down the ground rules for the land between the A6 and River Derwent – where an 80,000 sq ft store was proposed – has gone out to public consultation after being approved by Amber Valley Borough Council’s Planning Committee.

Until September 3, people have a last chance to comment on what sort of firms they would like to see move into the area and raise any concerns they have over the development.

Amber Valley Community planning manager, Rob Thorley, said: “People are understandably very interested in this site and we expect a lot more comments in the final days.

“We will look at all the comments as they come in and make any revisions. It’s a last opportunity in that respect.”

Previously workshops and open events have been held by the council in an attempt to gather as many views as possible.

Those views were then compiled in a Supplementary Planning Document which was approved by the council in mid-July.

Now, planning chiefs are asking the public to look at the document to check if all their views are reflected before it is approved and companies can start applying for planning permission.

People interested in contributing have just under two weeks to ensure their opinions are taken into account.

Mr Thorley added: “We need to check if we have summarised the suggestions put forward.

“Depending on how many amendments there are, it will come before a meeting of the planning board for approval before the end of the year.”

Planning chiefs want the focus to be on re-using historic buildings such as the former Thornton’s factory and the old Empire Music Hall in an attempt to maintain the town’s world renowned heritage.

To view the planning document log on to www.ambervalley.gov.uk, click on council and democracy and then council meetings and open the council’s planning board agenda for July 16.

Alternatively visit Belper Library, the council’s offices in Market Place, Ripley or email communityplanning @ambervalley.gov.uk.