Hundreds of jobs are to be created at a site in Derby after plans for industrial units were approved.
The seven-acre site, in Dunstall Park Road, off Ascot Drive, was once a car park for Rolls-Royce employees who worked at a now-closed factory in Nightingale Road.
Last year, Derby developer Ivygrove Developments submitted plans to develop more than half of the site after purchasing it from a London company.
It plans a £10 million speculative development, consisting of 14 industrial units.
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Applications for two further plots on the site are to be submitted in the future. One is reserved for a new police station to replace the one at Cotton Lane, which Derbyshire police has previously said is “ageing and no longer fit for policing”.
Once complete, the whole development is expected to create more than 500 jobs.
The site was formerly a car park for Rolls-Royce employees
Ivygrove chairman John Blount said: “I am delighted phase one of Dunstall Park has received planning consent.
“It will be a mixed development with emphasis on medium-sized units, although part of the site behind the existing fire station on Ascot Drive has been reserved for a new police station to replace the one at Cotton Lane.”
Plans were submitted in May 2017. A planning statement from JMI Planning, acting on behalf of Ivygrove, said: “There is currently a high demand in the Derby area for small B1 (business) / B8 (storage or distribution) units to support existing small businesses and new start-up business.
“It is therefore proposed to develop the site by the erection of 14 B1 / B8 units. The proposed units are to be provided within six separate buildings. The smallest blocks will incorporate two units and the largest provides space for four separate units. The largest block measures 60m in length by 24.5m wide.
“All units are to be finished in a mixture of profile sheet cladding and facing brickwork.”
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Sixty-nine parking spaces will be created and the units will be accessed via Dunstall Park Road.
Ivygrove Developments plans to create a £10 million development, comprising industrial units. From left are property agent Stephen Salloway, Ivygrove chairman John Blount and Ivygrove director Nick Blount
The statement said: “This access was previously designed to accommodate HGV movements associated with the previous use of the site and features good visibility in both directions.”
The plans attracted objections from 10 neighbours, who argued the scheme would hinder their privacy, block out sunlight and create noise.
But JMI Planning urged Derby City Council to consider the benefits of Ivygrove’s proposals. Its statement said: “This proposal will provide for significant regeneration of this derelict site. The former car park has been vacant for a number of years and has become a target for fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour, the redevelopment of the site will resolve this issue and provide for new, bespoke light industrial units.”
In a letter to JMI Planning, the council confirmed permission has been granted, subject to Ivygrove meeting a string of planning conditions.
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It said: “The proposed development has sought, through amendments, to address the relationship of the scheme with the adjacent residential properties on Osmaston Road.
“In dealing with this application, the city council has worked with the applicant / agent in a positive and proactive manner and has secured appropriate and proportionate improvements to the scheme.”
Pride Park-based Salloway Property Consultants negotiated the acquisition of the site.
The firm’s managing director, Stephen Salloway, said: “We are confident there will be plenty of buyers and tenants wishing to take advantage of the new units.
“Ivygrove should be applauded for buying the site speculatively. It shows their confidence in the strength of the Derby market.”
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Source: Derby Telegraph