BOLSOVER Civic Society has described plans for a proposed £2m community contact centre as ugly and too large to fit with surrounding properties.
Society secretary Bernard Haigh submitted concerns to Bolsover District Council after the authority announced its plans to build a new council contact centre in the town with the planned sale of its Sherwood Lodge offices to Morrisons supermarkets and a proposed move to Clowne College Campus.
Mr Haigh said: “The contact centre building is out of scale to those surrounding it. The design is ugly and within a conservation area.”
The Society feels the proposed centre, on Middle Street - which will house council, police, Community Voluntary Partners, and Chamber of Commerce staff - does not include stonework matching other buildings.
It feels a new supermarket should employ locals and maintain greenery and consider traffic around Hill Top, Welbeck Road Infant School and Market Place and any loss of parking on Middle Street.
The council argued a supermarket development will bring jobs, ensure people shop locally, regenerate the area and it will retain the memorial garden with landscaping.
A council spokesman said: “Many issues raised have been addressed in the final design. The centre size is determined by the space requirements of ourselves and our partners.
“A traffic assessment will be submitted, however we need to ensure parking meets the needs of the town, and Bolsover will have 471 free, accessible spaces.” Planning applications have yet to be submitted consideration.