Heather Pugh

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David Lock Associates (DLA) has submitted an Outline Planning application on behalf of Tapton Estates for the redevelopment of a vacant industrial park in Derbyshire to make way for new homes.

Derwentside Industrial Park, formally the base for a major ladder manufacturer, sits on a 15-acre site in the southern part of the town of Belper, close to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, and has been closed since the occupier relocated in 2016.

The proposal, submitted to Amber Valley Borough Council, includes the demolition of the existing commercial buildings and replacement with 136 new homes, allowing the opening up of views across to the World Heritage Site and the River Derwent for the first time in many years.  The proposed development also retains the mature landscape on site and introduces new public open space including a play area, SUDS features and a publicly accessible network of footpaths and informal parkland.

Partner at DLA Heather Pugh said “the ceasing of industrial operations on this site is an opportunity to deliver much-needed housing for the local area.  We are hopeful that local people will be keen to see the site reused and not falling vacant, and we look forward to working with Amber Valley to secure a high-quality design for new homes which reflects both the site’s character and the nearby World Heritage Site.”