Residents flocked to a public exhibition in Shipley this week as plans for the old American Adventure site went on show for the first time.
The four hour event saw project leaders Waystone explaining their Lakeside scheme to local homeowners who raised issues ranging from the number of houses, to potential access problems and fears about the impact the development will have on Shipley Country Park.
The firm’s Managing Director Stephen McLoughlin said the event had been worthwhile and they would take on board the suggestions of residents.
“This is a progressive process,” Mr McLoughlin told the Advertiser this week.
“Some people are suggesting there are too many houses but generally the response has been more favourable on this project than others we have consulted on.”
We revealed last month how the Alfreton-based firm had set aside nearly 25 acres of the site for upto 400 homes,
At this stage the site is also set to include shops, a pub, conference centre and hotel, a retirement home, business use, an area for training, leisure and education and also a new garden centre.
However, Mr McLoughlin explained that those features could change at a later date with the correct planning permission as they were just ideas based on interest they had received so far.
“Any development of this size is always going to be a mixed use offering employment and homes,” he added.
“This development does not work without the combination of uses. That is why Derbyshire County Council have approved our business plan and our masterplan.
“But these homes will not arrive tomorrow. The concerns about schools and hospitals being swamped doesn’t happen because it happens gradually.”
The next stage is to get initial planning permission for the overall idea behind the scheme and Waystone are hoping to submit that application to Amber Valley Borough Council in January next year.
It would then be a further 30 months until development started once more detailed planning permission had been granted, with the entire project not complete for seven to 10 years.
The site has been derelict since the American Adventure closed in 2007 and Mr McLoughlin urged residents to see the benefits of getting the lake re-opened to the public with walking trails for residents to enjoy the tranquil setting.
He also revealed that forecasts for the number of jobs created on the site range from 600 to as many as 900 jobs.