Morrisons plans rejected for Ripley, Derbyshire

Artist impression of new supermarket in Ripley Image copyright Clowes Westerman
Image caption The developers said the new store would have created about 300 jobs

Plans to build a new supermarket and park near Ripley in Derbyshire have been rejected.

The Ripley Gateway development, planned for land off Nottingham Road, included a new Morrisons store and a park with football pitches and skating space.

Amber Valley Borough Council's planning committee refused the proposals despite warnings the town is "stuck in a rut" and needed development.

Developers Clowes Westerman said they could appeal against the decision.

The scheme also included an extension to the A610 link road, improvements to Ripley town centre and allocated space for future housing.

But thousands of local people signed a petition against the new supermarket.

Campaigners against the store, which would have been built opposite another supermarket, said it would have hit trade in the town centre.

Councillors said the incentives did not outweigh this negative impact on existing town centre shops.

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