Residents are concerned that the site of the old MOT centre and car wash on Bakewell road is still left undeveloped after promises that construction would begin on a new McDonalds in July.
Delays in construction continue after plans were put on hold in June, and now site owners William Twigg Ltd said they are waiting on a planning application after an original tenant, Majestic Wines, pulled out of the project and plans were amended to incorporate a new car wash, said director Richard Tarbatt.
He added: “The delay at the moment is that we’re waiting for the amended planning application to be determined which is listed to be decided on Thursday (August 27), and we have to wait for that because it’s an integral part of the whole development.
“I think it will be a very popular facility to have in the town because a lot of people were upset to see the old car wash go.”
The leader of the company which will own the facilities and lease to operators, added: “We see it as a very positive launchpad for new household-name businesses coming to Matlock and we’re delighted to hear that M&S will be coming as well.
But the development, incorporating a McDonalds and a wine merchant, was strongly opposed by nearby residents before planning permission was granted.
Elizabeth Wilson, who lives opposite the site on Bakewell Road, said during consultation: “People live here, we don’t want businesses open in the evening and preferably not on Sundays. It is almost impossible to sell along that part of the road now.”
A spokesperson for McDonalds said: “Our new restaurant will provide significant investment for Matlock and is expected to open early 2016, with construction work beginning over the summer.”