Buxton Civic Association members voice opposition to water site plans

Members of Buxton Civic Association voted unanimously to reject plans for a new hotel, supermarket and shops on the site of the former Buxton water factory on Station Road.
Members of Buxton Civic Association voted unanimously to reject plans for a new hotel, supermarket and shops on the site of the former Buxton water factory on Station Road.

Members of Buxton Civic Association (BCA) have unanimously agreed to reject plans for a new hotel and supermarket on the former Buxton Mineral Water site.

The move was agreed at a packed meeting held at Poole’s Cavern visitors centre last week when the plans for the Station Road site were discussed.

Mike Monaghan, chair of BCA, said: “The meeting rejected the need for another supermarket, hotel or indeed any additional retail space and were very concerned that the proposed scheme would lead to an increase in traffic congestion on the bypass and had made no attempt to improve connections from the site with the town centre.

“It was also concluded that the scheme lacked imagination and simply relied on the usual formula of retail and hotel space, ignoring the need for residential and leisure schemes, that a majority of residents had indicated in earlier surveys that they wanted to see.”

Tim Middleton, BCA director and chair of the planning team, began the meeting with a short presentation on the proposed scheme before opening up the discussion to members.

He also urged all members to write individually with any concerns they may have on the plans.

Members of BCA suggested a number of alternative uses for the site, but it was felt that at this stage, the important thing was to raise the objections members had expressed to High Peak Borough Council.

The plans are set to be decided by the borough council on March 16.