£10m price tag on quarry site

Halldale Quarry is up for sale at £10 million – just one year after a multi-million pound plan to transform the site was given the green light by councillors.

Proposals to extensively revitalise the Matlock quarry, off Snitterton Road, were approved by Derbyshire Dales District Council at a meeting in July last year.

But now the quarry site, which comes with planning consent for 17 of its 78 acres, has been put up for sale.

The move has raised concerns about the proposed £75 million development of the site.

The scheme, submitted by Halldale Properties Limited, would have included a multiplex cinema and leisure complex, business units, hotel and spa, backpackers’ hostel, retirement home, car showrooms and more than 700 car parking spaces on a 17 acre site.

Mayor of Matlock Barry Hopkinson said he was concerned for the future of the development.

He said: “It does look as though it could be a step backwards. I just hope it isn’t going to hold plans back for the development. It’s a shock.

“We thought they were due to start work at some point soon.”

A spokesman for estate agents Barnsdales, which is selling the site, said: “My clients are looking at options to dispose of the site.”

GKA Planning and Design Limited, agents for the scheme, had said before that the developers hoped to start work by the end of last year.