Wickes Darley Dale development delay

Published:  09 October, 2009

MATLOCK: The debate over plans for a Wickes development in Darley Dale halted on Tuesday when a councillor collapsed at a planning meeting.

The plan to convert the DFS distribution centre into a Wickes store along with a garden centre and 117-space car park, is opposed by town councillors who say it will blur the boundary between Matlock and Darley Dale.

Darley Dale deputy mayor Alan Cox collapsed after speaking about the council's objections to plans for the Wickes store on the DFS site.

However, the plans look set to be given the go-ahead and planning officers have urged members to approve the bid for a 3,251sq metre retail centre off Dale Road South.

Derbyshire Dales District Council head of planning Paul Wilson said in his report that the proposed scheme would "help to recapture trade currently going outside the catchment area."

The proposals would also involve demolishing the bridge over Warney Brook and building two new bridges in its place.

Thirteen residents and Matlock Civic Association objected to the scheme. The adjourned planning meeting will take place on October 22.

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