£25m plan is dropped

Mark Twelves. managing director of Litton Properties, at Riverside Business Park
Mark Twelves. managing director of Litton Properties, at Riverside Business Park

DEVELOPERS have withdrawn an appeal for a £25m housing and business plan in Bakewell after authority planning members have blocked the scheme twice.

Litton Property Group’s application for new units, offices and homes at its Riverside Business Park with a connecting bridge has twice been refused permission by The Peak District National Park Authority despite concessions and amendments.

The company had begun an appeal process but this week announced its withdrawal because it felt the revised scheme was no longer viable.

Litton managing director Mark Twelves said: “We bought the site in 2001 and planning officers seemed pleased we were doing something and the planning executive was supportive but planning members have let us down by rejecting the scheme.”

The planning committee refused the applications because it felt there would be a loss of employment land and plans had insufficient affordable housing and there were access concerns.

Bakewell Town Council, the town’s civic society, a community group and residents submitted objections about the amount of homes, traffic and that the bridge should be built first.

Litton claims it has lost over a quarter of a million pounds in planning battles but claims it withdrew its appeal so it can push ahead with other site improvements including the new bridge from the A6 Ashford Road which has permission.

Planning committee chairman John Herbert said: “I remain convinced we can continue to work with Litton to find ways of developing the site.”