A city’s regeneration is never complete – and these 12 major building schemes show what’s next for Derby.
Each one secured planning permission from Derby City Council in 2017 and many will be built during 2018.
Here they all are:
1) Belmore Way, Alvaston
Plans for 122 apartments in Alvaston won the green light
Plans for an eight-storey apartment complex in Alvaston were approved in November – despite more than 400 objections.
Dutch company Blom International were given the go-ahead to build 122 apartments across two buildings on the corner of Raynesway and Belmore Way, subject to it meeting a string of Section 106 planning obligations.
Called Entrada Derby, one block will be eight storeys high and the other three.
But the plans attracted 437 objections with many residents opposed to the proposed height of the scheme, while some of the site’s immediate neighbours claimed their privacy would be compromised.
At the subsequent planning meeting, a spokesman for the developer said the proposal was on a brownfield site and suitable for residential development – a view backed by council planning officers, who had recommended the plans be approved.
But Alvaston Councillor Alan Graves, who spoke on behalf of residents, could not have disagreed more.
He said: “This has got to be one of the most objected applications to come before this committee. The opinions of local residents should be considered – and you can’t get a louder comment than 437 objections.
“Alvaston is for housing. Where we do have flats they are on the same level as their surroundings. This development would be more suited to the city centre.”
A vote on the plans was split five-five. The planning committee’s chair, Councillor Shiraz Khan, had the casting vote and gave the scheme the go-ahead.
Mr Khan, a Labour councillor, argued there were no grounds within planning law to reject the application.
2) Mansfield Road, Derby
Architects put forward this revised design for the apartments in Mansfield Road
A five-storey apartment block close to the River Derwent in Derby was approved in November.
Derby home-builder Wheeldon Brothers sought permission to construct 33 apartments on the corner of Mansfield Road and Fox Street, on a triangular-shaped plot formerly occupied by a metalworks business.
The firm originally applied to build the properties, opposite the Waterside Inn (formerly the Bridge Inn) almost three years ago. That scheme was for 28 apartments across six storeys.
However, feedback from consultees to those original plans raised concerns over the impact the building’s modern style and materials would have on the area, so the plans were revised.
Councillor Robin Wood was among the committee members who voted in favour of granting planning consent. He said: “The architect has scaled it down and made quite a few compromises. I think now is the time to allow it through.”
Councillor Frank Harwood agreed, but called on the developer to include sprinklers in each apartment, following on from the Grenfell Tower disaster in London.
The committee’s decision to give the go-ahead disappointed Derby Archaeological Society, Little Chester Historical Group, Landau Forte College and Little Chester Residents Association, who all objected to the proposed scheme.
The council’s Conservation Area Advisory Committee had also lodged an objection.
3) Ashbourne Road, Derby
This is how the frontage of the student flats will look from Ashbourne Road
Student flats will be built on the former Samways Cycles store in Derby after the scheme was given planning approval.
Plans to knock down the shop in Ashbourne Road and build 39 student flats in its place were unanimously approved by the council’s planning committee.
Samways Cycles closed in September last year after trading for more than 80 years in Derby – because of “pressures of the internet”.
But now its former home, which runs from Ashbourne Road at the front to Markeaton Street at the rear, is to be cleared to make way for the new development.
Around 15 residents lodged objections to the scheme, many of them on the grounds of the scale of the development and its proximity to existing properties, which they fear would result in the loss of privacy and natural light.
At the planning meeting, neighbour Clare Saxon said she was in favour of the site being developed but that she and her neighbours did not want first-year students living there. In response, the developer said the apartments would be aimed for final-year or Masters students, who are considered less likely to disturb neighbours.
Meanwhile, Darcey Webster, who has lived in the area for 50 years, told the meeting the area could not cope with any more residents as parking was already a nightmare.
Three city councillors – Lisa Eldret, Jack Stanton and Martin Repton – also objected to the scheme, with Mr Repton describing the development as “inappropriate and incongruous for this area of Derby”.
Despite this, the plans were approved by the planning committee.
Councillor Robin Wood argued it was “quite wrong” to discriminate against students.
He said: “My hackles do rise when people say students make noise. We should not discriminate against any minority group.
“This is a residential area and a residential application. It’s an excellent application. It’s been negotiated a number of times to fit in with the conservation area.”
4) Cathedral Road, Derby
An artist’s impression of how the development will look
Plans for a 319-bed student complex next to Derby College’s Joseph Wright Centre won approval in September.
Councillors praised the look of the proposed building, which will now be built on vacant land at the junction of Cathedral Road, Willow Row and Walker Lane.
The complex will include a nine-storey block and an eight-storey block.
Derby College and Historic England had objected to the scheme’s scale and height – but six out of seven councillors who attended the planning meeting felt the plans were acceptable.
Only Conservative member Frank Harwood voted against the scheme. He argued the building was “higher than it needs to be”.
Labour’s Paul Pegg disagreed. He said: “It will brighten up an area that needs a lot of work.”
The plans were submitted by London-based Prosperity Capital Partners and Derby firm Cedar House Investments. Consent was subject to a Section 106 legal agreement, where developers agree to create or make contributions to local amenities.
5) Alfreton Road, Derby
Pictured is the Envirofusion site in Alfreton Road
Objectors to the siting of what they have labelled an “incinerator” in Derby were “bitterly disappointed” when it was given the go-ahead in October.
Envirofusion won permission to create its new form of “house waste to energy” technology at its site in Alfreton Road.
Derby City Council’s planning control committee voted 6-5 in favour of granting permission.
The waste disposal system involves heating rubbish to a temperature of 1,000 degrees Celsius. The building and chimney are intended to be temporary and would be in place for 18 months with the principle objective of testing and proving the pyrothermic converter technology is an efficient system that is capable of producing reusable energy.
The proposals attracted more than 450 letters and e-mails of objection from people living in the area and a couple of them had chance to speak at the meeting. A large number of them gathered outside beforehand and sat in the public gallery during the debate.
These included Peter Steer, who warned the committee that fire and explosion were a possible risk attached to the technology.
Ward councillor Martin Repton said that the plant was wrong for the site and would involve increased traffic bringing waste to the site for up to 100 hours a week.
Planning committee member Councillor Frank Harwood argued that the risks were too great but fellow member Councillor Lucy Care said that Derby could be taking part in something that could be of “global benefit.”
Envirofusion chief executive Andrew Morris said the firm had designed a system that has the capacity to dispose of household waste and use it to create “clean, green electricity”.
6) Wilmore Road, Derby
This artist’s impression reveals what a new £90m Rolls-Royce test bed in Sinfin will look like
Derby’s Rolls-Royce was given the go-ahead to build a new £90 million test bed at its civil aerospace business in the city.
The huge facility will be built at the company’s Sinfin site, which will be used to test a range of engines which are key to the future of the business.
The engineering giant first announced in June that it wanted to build the test bed at Derby, revealing that, if planning permission was granted, it would secure the future of the site for the next 30 years, as well as 6,000 jobs.
The new test bed, which could take two years to build, will be constructed on a car park in Wilmore Road, with two existing test beds – called Test Bed 57 and 58 – on one side and the firm’s Production Test Facility on the other.
New temporary car parks will be created elsewhere at the Rolls-Royce site.
The main test bed building will be “book-ended” at each end by an intake stack and an exhaust stack, which would rise to 37 metres.
Once completed, it will be used to help Rolls-Royce develop the next generation of engines, as well as test existing ones.
It will support the planned doubling of engine production and help the firm deliver on its £71.3 billion civil aerospace order book. The test bed will be capable of testing a range of engines including the Trent XWB, which powers the Airbus A350 XWB and is the world’s fastest-selling civil large engine with over 1,600 on order from 45 customers in 31 countries.
Three new engines will also be tested at the facility. These are the Trent XWB-97, which will power the Airbus A350-1000; the Trent 1000 TEN, which will power all variants of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner family; and the Trent 7000 which will power the Airbus A330neo.
And the next generation of engines that are in development – the Advance and Ultrafan jet engines – will also come to the new test bed.
7) Raynesway, Derby
Rolls-Royce has been given the go-ahead to expand its Primary Components Operations building at Raynesway
Rolls-Royce also won permission to extend one its factories at its nuclear site in Derby.
The company submitted plans to add onto its Primary Component Operations (PCO) building at its Raynesway site, which makes reactor cores for the Royal Navy’s fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.
It received the go-ahead to extend the building by almost 50,000 sq ft.
At the same time, the company was also given permission to construct a four-storey office building, which would contain 400 work stations and add 200 parking spaces at the site.
Planning documents submitted on behalf of Rolls-Royce said: “The need for the factory expansion and additional office space is driven by the client’s production and organisational requirements.
“The proposed development consists of the extension to the PCO factory to include flexible production space with a mezzanine floor to support plant and storage.
“The production facility will include a four-storey office block flanking the west elevation. The office will accommodate 400 work stations, with a ‘grab and go’ refreshment facility to support this occupancy.”
The Raynesway site – which has played a key part in the production and maintenance of the UK’s nuclear deterrent for more than 50 years – currently has around 3,000 employees.
Rolls-Royce has said that the expansion at the site will not only create up to 80 new jobs but also sustain 760 “highly-skilled” jobs.
8) Laverstoke Court, Derby
Laverstoke Court which is in Peet Street, Derby. (Image: Victoria Wilcox)
Cries of “shame on you” rang out in Derby’s council chamber after plans for an asylum seeker reception centre were approved.
G4S was given permission to convert former University of Derby student accommodation in Laverstoke Court and Peet Street into the centre.
The company, which also has centres in Wakefield and Birmingham for asylum seekers to stay for about three weeks while their applications are being processed, had reduced the number of potential residents from 240 to 225 and said two security staff would be on duty overnight.
Objectors to the plan had gathered a petition of more than 200 names and dozens of people had written letters and e-mails expressing their concerns over security and the close proximity to terraced homes in the area.
Resident Mark Harris spoke and said he felt the building and area were “unsuitable”. This was echoed by Councillor Steve Hassall who added: “It’s the right plan in the wrong place.”
Afterwards, one of the main protestors, Debbie Regan, said: “The councillors who voted for this to go-ahead should hang their heads in shame.
“Derby is a scary place these days without having an influx of asylum seekers every three weeks. To say I am angry, is an understatement.”
9) Lime Lane, Oakwood / Breadsall
A developer secured permission to build 250 homes on farmland between Oakwood and Breadsall.
Outline consent for the land on the corner of Mansfield Road and Lime Lane was given to Persimmon Homes in March 2016 and the latest application, determined in September, was for more detailed design work.
The planning control committee heard the first homes would be ready in early 2018 and preparation work to create access had already been taking place.
But some councillors voted against it – and expressed concerns about the loss of hedgerows and trees, the possibility of flooding problems worsening and too many houses on the site.
Councillor Frank Harwood, who represents Oakwood, said: “I am astounded this application has been put forward for acceptance as there are so many problems with it.
“This is not good land and it is no wonder nine other builders during the development of Oakwood in the past 35 years did not build on it.
“I have worries about Chaddesden Wood, which is highly protected but the presence of houses on the site is right on birds’ flight path and also concerned about homes that are three storeys high being on top of the hill and overlooking existing properties. The whole thing needs looking at again.”
A council report summarising the plans stated: “The proposed development includes the provision of 30% affordable units spread around the site.
“The layout incorporates a mix of two and two-and-a-half storey dwellings and bungalows with back-to-back gardens.
“The house types would be traditional in style, with brick and render facades and pitched, tiled roof-lines.”
10) London Road, Derby
Plans for a 500-home neighbourhood on the city’s former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary site were approved in September.
An outline planning application for the £40 million-plus scheme was approved by councillors after the plans were tweaked to include two much-loved “pepper pot” buildings on the land.
Nightingale Quarter Estates can now draw up more detailed proposals, safe in the knowledge that its vision for a new neighbourhood on the land has the backing of Derby City Council.
The development is set to include shops, restaurants, offices and a public park.
The consent is subject to the developer meeting planning conditions and signing a Section 106 legal agreement – where developers agree to create or make contributions to local amenities.
As well as the “pepper pot” buildings – the only remnants of the former infirmary, which closed in 2009 – the abandoned Grade II-listed Wilderslowe House will also be brought back into use for either commercial or residential uses.
Three derelict Victorian villas in Osmaston Road and the statue of Queen Victoria in London Road will also be revamped.
Nightingale Quarter Estates has also agreed to pay for a new primary school and part-fund a secondary school as part of a Section 106 agreement.
Derby City Council’s planning control committee unanimously gave the plans planning permission.
11) Albion Street, Derby
TK Maxx is on course to open its new Derby city centre store in early 2018
The look of a TK Maxx store that is set to open in Derby city centre in 2018 was revealed after plans for permission to build the scheme were were submitted.
An artist’s impression shows three units in Albion Street being transformed into the new 22,000 sq ft store.
Planning permission was granted within days of the application.
Property investment firm Redefine International, which purchased the three units and has signed a 15-year lease with TK Maxx, said the store will open in late 2018, creating 35 jobs.
The company’s property director Adrian Horsburgh said the basement, ground, first and second floors of the three existing units will be combined into a “single, modern space to accommodate TK Maxx”.
Shoppers will be able to browse stock – including clothing, homeware and giftware – on the ground and first floors.
Mr Horsburgh said: “It is a site that we identified as having significant asset management potential in a high footfall location in Derby city centre, which is the target of significant investment by the local authority.”
12) Wyvern, Derby
The £70m Derby Triangle scheme would expand Pride Park by 50 acres and create up to 3,300 jobs
Plans to create up to 3,300 jobs in Derby by extending Pride Park moved a step further after a developer won permission to build two access roads to the site.
St Modwen’s £70 million Derby Triangle scheme relates to 50 acres of the former quarry and landfill site off Wyvern.
Offices, industrial units, warehouses and a car showroom are included in the plans – as are a pub, restaurant, supermarket and fastfood outlet.
An outline planning application for the scheme was submitted to Derby City Council in November 2014.
However, a decision over its fate was delayed while St Modwen and highways chiefs discussed how to mitigate the impact of traffic.
Ten councillors on the council’s planning control committee discussed the plans in April.
Approval was sought for two access roads from Wyvern. All other matters, including designs of specific buildings, will be determined at a later date.
Addressing the committee, the council’s development control manager Ian Woodhead described the scheme as “the right development, at the right time, in the right place”.
Councillor Matthew Holmes agreed. He said: “This came up at cabinet a while back. Everything I raised as a concern has been dealt with and I’d like to commend the officers for their work.
“I’m very pleased to see this come forward. It’s an area that will offer significant benefits to the city in many ways, including employment.
“I, for one, am going to support this.”
With the rest of the committee in agreement, the only other councillor to speak was Lucy Care, who called for better cycling and pedestrian access.
The committee chair, Councillor Shiraz Khan, said such matters could be discussed later.
In approving the outline plans, the committee imposed 41 planning conditions setting out what must be achieved before construction work begins and before the site becomes operational. The site is roughly the size of 25 football pitches.
Source: Derby Telegraph