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Key meeting on Bakewell Road plan

Bakewell Road, Matlock.

Bakewell Road, Matlock.

Plans to redevelop Matlock town centre have reached a crucial stage.

The possible transformation of the Bakewell Road site will once again come under scrutiny at a key meeting of Derbyshire Dales District Council (DDDC) on Monday.

Councillors will consider adopting one of two options – either of which would require futher extensive talks to move forward.

The first option would see the launch of a consultation to find out if the public wants the authority to press ahead with the controversial scheme outside the context of the Matlock Town Centre Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), which was drawn up five years ago.

The second option would be to draw up a detailed masterplan on the proposal which would be subject to a public consultation.

Bakewell Road campaigner Martin Burfoot said: “This will be a significant meeting and an important part in the development of this project.

“Although there have been many periods of public consultation already, I hope there will be more discussions to come up with a masterplan which can unite the community.”

In 2012, DDDC chose Henry Davidson Developments to lead the Bakewell Road project, which promises to bring Matlock into the 21st Century with a foodstore, a hotel, retail outlets and restaurants.

Council documents show the masterplan could create up to 315 jobs and provide a boost to the local economy.

The DDDC meeting will take place at Derbyshire County Council’s Matlock headquarters at 6pm.

The public is welcome to ask questions or express views – but must give notice no later than noon on Sunday by emailing committee@derbyshiredales.gov.uk, phoning 01629 761133 or writing to Democratic Services, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Town Hall, Matlock, DE4 3NN.

To see the agend for the meeting, visit www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk

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