Business park jeopardy

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The future of Bakewell’s main business site hangs in the balance after planners rejected a “much-needed” scheme.

Peak District National Park’s planning committee snubbed a £25m plan to regenerate the Riverside Business Park.

Mark Twelves, managing director of Litton Properties, owners of the site, said: “We are bitterly disappointed and feel completely let down by the Peak Park’s planning committee members.

“I am sure that there will also be many in the Peak Park that will be disappointed that the majority of the members have rejected a scheme that would have provide much-needed jobs, especially in this current economic climate.”

The original application is going to appeal in July.