Hunt is on for an investor

Developers are being invited to invest in Bakewell Road – as the major redevelopment of Matlock moves a step further.

A brief for potential investors, telling them what is needed to reshape the northern gateway to the town, has been prepared by the town and district councils.

The area currently earmarked for development runs from the Co-operative store to the Dimple and includes the market hall and bus station and bus depot.

Being suggested in the brief are another food store and high street names for the new units and on top car parking spaces in an extension to the current roof top car park at the Co-op.

At a meeting on Monday Matlock Town Council backed the basics of the development brief which invites anyone interested to submit their ideas for the site taking into account those guidelines and also the future development of the lido site.

This area will be free once the new leisure centre opens and is being mooted as a “civic quarter” with a new library, public area for a market and other outdoor events as well as a tourist information centre.

At the meeting Cllr Ian Milne said: “We have had piecemeal development of different parts of Matlock for the last few years. We really need to look at things much more organically and look at Matlock as a whole.”

But Matlock mayor Steve Flitter said he felt the plans did not go far enough.

He added: “I’m still upset that there is this idea that Matlock stops at the Dimple. There is scope to develop the riverside before and after Twiggs and bring in the kind of businesses that people need.”

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