A huge new water park with a hotel, holiday homes, restaurants and shops could be built in the region.
A colossal scheme to build a waterpark resort in a disused Derbyshire quarry have been met with both excitement and scepticism.
The ambitious project, proposed by Hillcrest (Crich) Limited for Crich Quarry, north of Crich village, were revealed in plans submitted to Amber Valley Borough Council.
A formal planning application has not yet been submitted.
However, the proposed Amber Rock Resort would include an indoor water park, a 116-bed hotel, 148 straw bale lodges – seven of which would float on the quarry’s lake – 210 holiday apartments, climbing walls, a zip-line, bowling alley, shops, a restaurant, a swim-up bar and a sports hall.
Dr Mike Galer, general manager of the tramway village, said that the scheme was an exciting proposal that would further boost business and tourism.
He said: “Plans for this first surfaced in 2011, I believe. This appears to be very similar to that, but with significant changes to the design.
“It would have a massive impact on the area, and would bring more customers.”
“We are one of the top tourist attractions – and then there is also the Peak District National Park, Chatsworth and the Heights of Abraham.
“We wouldn’t see this as another rival, but as a partner and Derbyshire is a great place to be because of that.
“My pitch is that they should contact us, if it is genuinely a desire, to get in touch – it would be a welcome addition.”
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