Plans for giant water park and hotel for abandoned Derbyshire quarry submitted as opposition grows

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Developer BMET Limited wants to turn Crich Quarry into a leisure resort that would attract thousands of tourists to the area.

However, residents of Crich opposed the proposal, saying it was ‘undesirable’ and would impact anyone living within 10 miles, and formed the Residents Against Amber Rock group. (ROAR).

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A group of residents of Crich are protesting against a huge water park project planned for a quarry near the village.

ROAR member Tony Mills said: “Crich’s career would benefit from a sympathetic development where nature, wildlife and the environment are at the heart of all plans.

“Building a large project will create exactly the opposite effect.

“We have a Facebook group with over 300 members and donations are coming through our JustGiving page.

Inside the vast quarry with Crich Stand visible on the horizon.

“We will distribute leaflets with clear and measured opposition proposals through the doors of up to 10,000 potentially affected homes, organize pop-up information stands in village centers and work closely with all people consulted and stakeholders to see this unwanted initiative stopped now.”

ROAR members say Crich as a village has already faced ‘significant development’ with 470 new houses being built over the past 10 years.

“The village is attracting new residents because of shopping, recreation, school and medical facilities,” a spokesperson said.

“But the group believe that the village and the large surrounding area have now reached their limits and that a complex of hotels, apartments and lodges would harm, if not destroy, the positive rural community in which the local people live.

The developers say they are using a brownfield site in the former quarry and the water park will operate to the ‘highest sustainable benchmarks’.

They promise extensive tree planting and rainwater harvesting, as well as the use of renewable energy such as water lifts and solar panels.

Documents filed with County Hall also say the project would create 561 full-time and part-time jobs when completed, with 200 people to be employed for construction work.

Access would be from the south through the existing Crich Tramway village entrance before turning off to the right.

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