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New heritage centre in Peak District National Park

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 07, 2014

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A NEW heritage centre, craft shop, café, tourist accommodation, car park, training and community facility are to be built on a former industrial site in the Peak District National Park.

Members of the Peak District National Park Authority have granted full planning permission to redevelop a rural business park and neighbouring site once used for mineral processing at Rockmill Business Park, The Dale, Stoney Middleton.

The redevelopment, adjacent to the A623 main road, is supported by the local community who see it as improving an important gateway to the village.

Paul Ancell, deputy chairman of the planning committee, said: "We decided to make an exception to our normal policy in this case because the benefits of the redevelopment at Rockmill outweigh any landscape concerns on the site."

The scheme will provide up to 40 jobsand create an attraction that focuses on the area's rich cultural heritage. It also provides facilities to encourage overnight visitors.

After the meeting, developer Colin Hall said: "This application is born of the people for the people. Without the support and involvement of local people we could not have brought the scheme forward.

"Members of the authority have understood that."

The Authority had previously approved outline planning consent for the £3.5 million redevelopment in May 2013.

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