Developers reveal plans for huge leisure scheme inside quarry

A former limestone quarry could become home to a holiday village after a public consultation was launched for scheme called Amber Rock.

Developer Hillcrest Crich, wants to transform the Crich Quarry site in north Derbyshire in a move which comprise a 116-bed hotel, 148 lodges and 210 apartments. It would create 100 jobs and bring forward a leisure scheme that would include: an indoor water park; indoor and outdoor climbing centre; over-water yoga studio; shops, cafes and restaurants, miniature golf, gym, spa and wellness centre, children’s play areas and a zip wire.

Developers are about to submit an outline planning application and say that they have already completed a detailed traffic assessment. Concerns over traffic will be allayed, they say, because they will encourage longer stays to reduce the number of day trips, while specific check-in/check-out times will be applied to reduce effects of peak traffic flow. Shuttle buses to transport guests to local attractions will also be provided.

A statement on the website for the scheme reads: “Our vision is also about restoring this beautiful setting. Carefully designed to blend into the stunning rural landscape, and to be constructed using locally sourced and sustainable materials where possible, it will deliver minimal visual impact beyond the quarry.”

A public consultation for Amber Rock ends of March 22.