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The site

The study site, which comprises a canal basin, associated wharves, landscaped areas and buildings, lies within the centre of Whaley Bridge, a small town in the High Peak of Derbyshire, approximately 17 miles to the south east of Manchester.

The canal basin is at the head of the Peak Forest Canal (Whaley Bridge branch), which is part of the national canal network through linking to the Macclesfield Canal at Marple and to the Ashton Canal at Portland Basin. The Transhipment Warehouse is the only notable building on the site and is located across the canal, at the southern end of the Basin.
Site plan for Whaley Bridge Transhipment Warehouse

The site includes: the canal wharf and basin, the Transhipment Warehouse and the access road and landscape to the west, east and south of the warehouse.

Background to the area

Whaley Bridge is a small town in the High Peak area of Derbyshire, an area of natural beauty, popular with walkers and other tourists. Much of Whaley Bridge is now designated as a Conservation Area, and the waterways are central to Whaley Bridge's attraction. The basin lies within the conservation area and provides a focus for the town, particularly when it hosts one of the biggest local community events, Whaley Water Weekend, which is held in June each year.

The majority of the site is owned by British Waterways, whose focus is to ensure proper maintenance and safety of the waterways, while also recognising the value of working in partnership with other organisations to support wider environmental, social and economic aims. High Peak Borough Council has included the Warehouse within the remit of the Whaley Bridge Regeneration Partnership and within the scope of the on-going master plan and implementation strategy for the canal basin and Bingswood industrial estate area, which is due to be completed in March 2009..

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