Traders group slams plans for water site

The former Buxton Water site
The former Buxton Water site

A Buxton traders group has criticised plans to re-develop the former mineral water site on Station Road.

In August, Consolidated Property Group (CPG) unveiled plans for a £35 million revamp of the site to include a hotel, food store, restaurants and small shops on the site of the former Buxton Mineral Water factory.

But the plans have received a mixed response from locals, and at their meeting last week Buxton Traders also slammed the proposals.

A statement from the group, which represents a number of businesses in the town, said: “At its meeting on October 6, Buxton Traders took a very dim view of Consolidated Property Group’s scheme for the vacant Nestle site on Station Road.

“Members pointed out that the site was not in the town centre as some had claimed.

“Station Road is a relief road and clearly defines an edge to the town centre.

“Furthermore, a recent retail study showed that Buxton has enough supermarket retail floor space even if Morrisons supermarket does not proceed with its extension.

“What the town does need is more housing and leisure facilities near the town centre.

“The meeting resolved unanimously that - Buxton Traders oppose the use of the Nestle site for another supermarket or general retailing.

“We support the development of the site for housing and leisure facilities in accord with the emerging new local plan.

“Any development must retain the green border on the north side of Station Road that was established and is maintained by the council.”

CPG, who were appointed by landowners Nestle, held a public consultation event in September to give locals more details about the plans.

But after several local residents had called for the site to be developed for leisure uses, they said the possibility of using the site for leisure facilities or a cinema was “totally unrealistic, both commercially and financially.”

The company said that subject to planning permission being granted early in the new year, building work could start in early 2016 with the opening in 2017.

The site has been empty since Buxton Mineral Water moved to their state-of-the-art new bottling plant at Waterswallows in 2012.