Village quarry set for water park bid

The view of Crich Quarry from the top of Crich Memorial Tower.
The view of Crich Quarry from the top of Crich Memorial Tower.

A WATER park and holiday village could be in line for the Dales after major plans to redevelop a quarry were unveiled.

Developers are hoping to extensively revitalise Crich Quarry and create an eco friendly leisure resort – and they say they are set to submit a planning application soon.

The development – to be called Amber Rock Resort – could see over 100 holiday chalets, an extension to the adjoining tramway, a heritage centre, indoor water park, an hotel, crafts retail space and other attractions.

Agent for the scheme Ian Clarke, said: “There is a tremendous amount of work still to do to but we are hoping to come up with something very positive for Crich and the surrounding area.

“We are hoping to tap in to the area’s heritage and provide accommodation and a facility to draw people in to Amber Valley and for locals to use.”

Mr Clarke, of Heanor, said the economic downturn had prompted owners Aggregate Industries to mothball the quarry but if plans for the holiday village were rejected quarrying could be resumed.

He added: “We are saying this is an alternative to carrying on quarrying and it is something we have got buckets full of enthusiasm for. We will see where this road takes us and if it does find favour.”

The development could take around five years to complete and will create over 200 jobs

The resort could integrate with the adjacent Tramway Village, converting day-trippers into overnight stop-overs.

Laura Greaves, business development manager at the Tramway Village, said they had seen outline proposals for the resort.

She added: “The outline plans include a tramway to serve the principal buildings on the development. There has been no consultation on these proposals between the museum and the developers and there has been no agreement to extend the existing tramway or to integrate the museum with the proposed resort.

“Any future plans for the museum in conjunction with this project will depend on further and detailed information being provided by the developers.”

Gareth Gee, Amber Valley Borough councillor for Crich, said he felt the village would welcome an alternative to quarrying.

He added: “A lot of people in the village take the view they have had enough of quarrying and it is coming towards the end of its natural life. It is in its early stages but the plans do look quite impressive. I have spoken to a few people about it and most reactions have been reasonably positive.”

A spokesman for Amber Valley Borough Council said so far they had not received a planning application for the development.