Food store ‘catalyst’ for new development

The former Buxton Water site
The former Buxton Water site

More details have been released about plans for a £35 million re-development of the former Buxton Mineral Water site, with a date now set for public consultation on the proposals.

Cheshire-based developers Consolidated Property Group (CPG), who have been appointed by landowners Nestle Waters, said the proposed scheme would include a range of uses, including a hotel with restaurant, gym, mall of shops and a single-storey 30,000 square feet food store, as well as around 320 car parking spaces.

Dan Bramwell, spokesperson for CPG, said: “The food store will be the catalyst for the development and is substantially smaller than that previously proposed for the site.

“It is currently attracting interest from both regional and national operators but no decision on the operator will be taken until the future of the scheme has been decided.”

He added: “It is important to understand that food shopping is currently going through major changes and nearly all operators are now looking for smaller formats that focus virtually entirely on food ranges with minimal non-food offers. Such a shop in this location will ensure that there is full provision on this side of town and prevent shoppers having to go across town to do their main food shopping.”

Local residents will be able to find out more about the proposals at a public consultation event on Thursday September 25.

Being held in the Shrewsbury Room at the Old Hall Hotel, the event will run from 12 noon to 8pm.

Dan Bramwell added: “This will be the opportunity for people to see the proposals, discuss them with members of the project team and submit their comments to the developer.

“Any comments received will help us finalise our plans for the planning application which we envisage submitting in the next few weeks. In addition, we are arranging various meetings with specialist groups so that we undertake as wide a public consultation as possible.”

CPG said that subject to planning permission being granted in early 2015, building work could start in early 2016 with opening in 2017.