Wirksworth – Public Consultation (Now Closed)



Midland Co-operative Society is working with Brooke Smith Planning Consultants to develop and enhance the offer to customers at The Co-operative Food Store and Fuel Forecourt on Harrison Drive, Wirksworth.


The intention is to utilise the redundant garage buildings to give an increased size of food store, all within the existing building footprint. Designs are being prepared by Latham Architects to improve the visual appearance of the store by over-cladding in  materials sympathetic to the surrounding conservation area. It is also the intention to revise the car park layout to improve vehicle circulation and pedestrian safety and to improve and enhance the landscaping, especially to the rear near the environmentally important cliff face.

While proposals are being developed, reports and information that will inform the scheme and support the planning application, are being prepared. These include:

–        Plans and illustrations,

–        Planning Statement,

–        Design and Access Statement,

–        Retail Impact Assessment,

–        Transport Statement,

–        Ecology Report,

–        Ground Survey.

The proposed adaptation and expansion of the Co-Op store will improve the environment of the site at the northern gateway to the town centre.

It is considered that the proposals will assure the viability of the site, as a whole, and allow the continued provision of petrol sales and the potential to incorporate Post Office facilities.

Current analysis and previous studies for the District Council clearly show there is a need for further food shopping provision in the area. Wirksworth’s food shops are trading well and offer important ‘top-up’ shopping services. The analysis shows that they will be able to continue to trade well, even if complemented by the extended Co-Op store.

The proposal would allow Wirksworth to be more self-sufficient and provide the local community with the option to complete their main weekly food shopping in the town, as opposed to having to travel to supermarkets elsewhere.


If you were unable to attend the public consultation on 14th or 18th January, please feel free to outline your views using the on-line survey link below.

All comments will need to be received by the 31st January and will be considered when drawing up the final proposals. Comments will also be recorded in a Statement of Community Involvement which will form part of any forthcoming planning application.

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