Hazelwood conference centre plan approved despite Nimby protest

A new training and conference centre in Hazelwood, near Belper in Derbyshire, has received approval from the local borough council, despite a local campaign against the project.

The plans by US chemical firm Lubrizol, included the conversion of barns at Hillside Farm, Hazelwood, and ran into protests from some locals and a minority on the planning committee.

The plans, however, were approved at a meeting of Amber Valley Borough Council’s Planning Board on 13 June by eight votes to five.

Keith Walker, from Hazelwood Parish Council, was quoted by local paper Belper News as saying: “We are disappointed but not surprised, but we think planning law has been treated badly.”

A Lubrizol spokesperson said that the development had been kept low, was not overbearing and would create an additional 50 ‘well-paid jobs’.

Planning officers stated that environmental concerns raised by the objectors about development in the countryside needed to be balanced against the requirement in the national planning policy framework to support economic growth in rural areas.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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  • Steve Cook

    It is clear from the meeting, the petition and the objections that people do not want to see Lubrizol go beyond their current site and extend into the countryside. The villagers see this as a rouse to get more office space and an overflow car park in a rural area that has no public transport links rather than considering viable alternatives sites in Amber Valley such as Belper. People are angry at the cynical timing of this application as it avoids having to comply with the new Hazelwood Neighbourhood Plan, which is within months of being formally adopted.