Bakewell business park plans are rejected

Amended plans to redevelop a Derbyshire business site have been refused.

Members at Peak District National Park Authority have rejected proposals to regenerate the Riverside Business Park in Bakewell.

Plans included new business units to replace existing buildings, 86 homes and a road bridge connecting the A6 to the business park site.

The company behind the scheme, Riverside Business Ltd, has made an appeal.

Residents' interests

The plans were rejected because of concerns over extra traffic and the need for more affordable housing, the authority said.

The proposal was an amendment of an earlier planning application that was refused permission in 2010.

John Herbert, chair of the Peak District National Park's planning committee, said: "We all want businesses, and small businesses in particular, to thrive but we also have a duty to protect the interests of the residents and the landscape.

"Members felt that in this instance the balance of this application wasn't right.

An appeal against the decision taken in 2010 will be heard by a planning inspector in July.

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