Caravan park plan for disused Peak quarry ‘could boost tourism and jobs’

Wainwrights Quarry Peak Dale
Wainwrights Quarry Peak Dale

A caravan park with space for 62 tourers and 19 glamping pods or lodges could be heading to Buxton if plans get the go-ahead.

The proposal has been submitted to High Peak Borough Council seeking to convert the disused Wainwights Quarry into a tourist facility with two fishing ponds.

Wainwrights Quarry Peak Dale

Wainwrights Quarry Peak Dale

Planning consultant Mellor Dowd are behind the scheme, which they say would boost the economy.

Louise Dowd, director of planning services, said: “We want to make this the go-to tourist destination and we think having the lakes which will be stocked for fishing is a unique attraction and will not only attract those holidaying but we would also welcome day pass visitors.”

The quarry on Batham Gate Road in Peak Dale has three water spaces, but only two will be used for fishing if it gets the green light as the third pond contains endangered newts which will be protected.

“We have taken on many caravan sites before,” said Louise. “But this will be something different.

“We have never had to convert a quarry before but we are up for the challenge.”

The development would contain a shower and toilet block, space for tents to pitch, as well as a cycle path around the site, picnic facilities, as well a newly -planted wood and space to let dogs off the lead.

The disused quarry had previously been used as a motorcycle training facility.

Louise added: “The new park will bring people and money to the area and create new jobs, which will be a great boost.”