Stoney Middleton site will create up to 40 jobs

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Peak Park chiefs have given the go-ahead for a major new development at a rural business park.

A new heritage centre, craft shop, cafe, tourist accommodation, car park, training and community facility are to be built in Stoney Middleton at the former Rockmill Business Park.

The redevelopment, next to the A623 main road, has received strong backing from the local community with support from Stoney Middleton Parish Council, Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Patrick McLoughlin MP and Visit England.

Paul Ancell, deputy chair of the Peak District National Park Authority’s planning committee, said: “In making the decision, committee members had to balance the needs of the community with the protection and enhancement of the natural environment.

“We decided to make an exception to our normal policy in this case because the benefits of the redevelopment at Rockmill outweigh any landscape concerns on the site.”

The £3.5 million development will provide up to 40 jobs and had previously been given outline permission in May.