DISTRICT council planners have turned down an application by a bus company and a developer to move the town’s bus depot out of Ashbourne.
Trent Motor Traction Co Ltd, commonly known as Trent Barton, and Cedar House Developments, wanted to build a single storey building to hold the firm’s replacement bus depot and a retail unit on land off Carnation Way.
The firms had hoped the land, formerly used as a water treatment works, would accommodate the buses, their current neighbours the Countrywide store and a provision was to be made for Ashbourne Community Transport.
The proposed move had been prompted after Sainsbury’s Supermarket made an offer to buy Trent Barton’s land, off King Edward Street, to enable its store to double in size.
However a majority of members at last Tuesday’s meeting of the Derbyshire Dales District Council Southern Area Planning Committee voted against the application, concerned over the future Ashbourne Community Transport — which currently shares its depot with Trent Barton.
The councillors were also concerned about creating retail space off Carnation Way and said they “could not accept” Countrywide’s claim that empty units in Waterside Park did not present an alternative base for them.
The sale of the land, which is still on-going, would be subject to planning permission being granted for the controversial Sainsbury’s extension. This application was also discussed on the evening but has been deferred until a later date.