Travellers’ site to be developed

New Housing: Work has begun on the development of new houses on Dale Road, Matlock, near to the former Harvey Dale quarry.
New Housing: Work has begun on the development of new houses on Dale Road, Matlock, near to the former Harvey Dale quarry.
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Work has begun on a housing development on the former quarry site on Dale Road, Matlock.

Developers hope to build ten homes and car parking spaces on the site, close to the entrance of Harvey Dale Quarry, and have started clearing the land which had been used as a travellers’ camp site since 2007.

The last traveller left around six months ago and since then trees and shrubs have been cleared and engineering work has begun.

Derbyshire Dales District Council passed plans for three three-bedroomed houses and one five-bedroom house on the land in July.

Permission has already been granted for five four bed roomed houses and new application has been submitted for a detached three storey dwelling for use as a four bedroom house on the site.

The application is set to be determined by district councillors in December.

The plans also include private parking at the back of the properties.

Paramgit Kumar of Integrated Designs and Associates Limited, agents for the scheme, said: “I think it will be an excellent project for the town.

“It has been sympathetically designed and implemented and is not going to detract from the area.

“We’ve had interest in the properties already.

“I think it will be a nice place to live with good views over the River Derwent,” he added.

An application to convert the former OMYA UK offices in to six houses was originally approved in 2005 and renewed in 2010.

The developers say the project will not alter the existing height or scale of the building.

The project is set to take a year to complete.