Ginger giraffe set for Ashfield?

Alfreton Road, Underwood. Picture: Google Earth.
Alfreton Road, Underwood. Picture: Google Earth.

Plans have been unveiled for a new children’s indoor play centre in Ashfield.

A planning application has been submitted seeking permission for the play centre and café at an industrial unit in Underwood.

Katie Cracknell, who is behind the plan, said: “I feel it will be an asset to the local community.

“It will create jobs, a place for friends and families to meet and more importantly creating special memories together.

“I have received nothing but support for opening this business as currently there is nothing available for children in the surrounding areas such as Selston, Jacksdale, Underwood, Bagthorpe, Brinsley and Annesley.”


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The application is to change the use of an industrial unit at 15 Alfreton Road.

And Katie said: “I feel the site we are using will be the perfect size for an indoor soft play.

“We will be offering plenty of car parking spaces and will also be situated on major bus routes to Nottingham, Derby, Alfreton, Eastwood and all local surrounding areas.”

If permission is granted by Ashfield District Council, the local planning authority, Katie said the Ginger Giraffe play centre could be opened as early as the summer, creating a minimum of 10 jobs.

The unit is currently used as a warehouse and for the manufacturing of kitchen and bedroom furniture, employing two to three members of staff.

The application says: “Due to the current nature of work carried out at the premises we produce a lot of wastage in material and need additional storage.

“This causes us to keep materials outside this causes as eyesore to the community, we do our best to keep this is a tidy state, but it isn’t the best to look at.

“Upon changing the business use from manufacturing to a children soft play this will be all removed and cleaned up, allowing for additional parking.

“By change of use, machines will be removed and noise will be reduced dramatically.”

A decision on the application is expected by the end of April.