A former quarry site could be transformed into housing and commercial space if council chiefs approve a planning application.
Plans to build 220 homes and 60,000 square feet of commercial space in Halldale Quarry have been submitted to Derbyshire Dales District Council by 4M Property Partners.
The quarry has been closed for 25 years and has been suggested on countless occasions that it be used to meet Matlock’s housing needs.
Mark Elliott, 4M Property Partners director, said: “The scheme we are proposing is a vital new housing and commercial development for the area, delivering more than 200 new homes on the outskirts of Matlock. This former limestone quarry has been closed for a number of years and our plans will see the site regenerated into a range of family homes with excellent leisure and commercial facilities, which will not only benefit these new homes but those living in the wider area too.”
The firm would need to carry out decontamination work at the former industrial site to make it suitable for housing.
The application currently includes a pub/restaurant and office space. A spokesman for the company said this was based upon the projected market need, adding that if it was approached by another business, say a cinema, it would consider that as well.
Mr Elliott added: “Creating opportunities for local people is extremely important to us. Should the planning application be successful, generating jobs within the area will be a priority for us.”
Martin Burfoot, planning secretary of Matlock Civic Association, said he was all for development at the quarry, but felt that 220 homes was too many. He explained the council earmarked Halldale Quarry for a potential 100 homes in its Local Plan, and feels that is a more suitable number of homes for the site.
“This planning application is for 220 houses plus 6,800 square metres of commercial development – it’s going to be seen from Matlock Bank,” he added.
Martin said people living in Jackson Road and Cavendish Road should consider the visual impact it will have on their homes.