A PLANNING application by a family jewellery firm for a new ‘centre of excellence’ on the shores of Carsington Water has been recommended for refusal by planners.
CW Sellors had hoped to build a new head quarters on green field land off the B5035 near to the Severn Trent reservoir and unveiled designs this year for what bosses are calling a ‘design centre of excellence’.
Industry insiders and the area’s MP Patrick McLoughlin have shown support for the building, which would incorporate an office, workshop, visitor centre and educational facilities but planning officer for the Derbyshire Dales District Council Jon Bradbury said in a report that the siting of the centre in green field land is ‘inherently unsustainable.’
Members of the Southern Area Planning Committee were due to meet last night to decide whether or not to agree with Mr Bradbury and turn down the application, which is also said to be lacking an analysis of archaeological merits to the proposed site.
Hognaston Parish Council and Brassington Parish Council were consulted on the plan and both authorities have shown strong objections while, at Carsington Parish Council only one of five parish councillors supported the plan.
The plans were due to be decided on last night in Ashbourne Leisure Centre.