Derbyshire town centre plans for more improvements

Residents in a Derbyshire town are set to find out what plans are in store for their town centre.

Derbyshire Dales District Council began work to regenerate the centre of Matlock three years ago, improving Crown Square and Matlock Bridge.

A consultant's report into the next phase of work will be presented to the council on 9 September.

Latest plans include a major new retail scheme on Bakewell Road and extra car parking for the town centre.

Dave Brooks, the council's director of planning and development services, said: "The comprehensive and successful development of the Bakewell Road site could act decisively to improve the vitality of Matlock town centre...

"The report recommends that the district council focuses on the redevelopment of Bakewell Road. It says this could encourage local residents and visitors to spend more money within the town and so assist in safeguarding Matlock's long-term strength."

To date the regeneration project has cost almost £1m made up of a £500,000 grant from the Derbyshire Economic Partnership and £472,000 from Sainsbury's, as stated in the terms of the planning permission granted three years ago.

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