Council makes renewed bid to transform derelict sites
CITY councillors want to kick-start developments at key Derby sites that have stood derelict for a number of years.
They plan to speak to developers, business leaders, MPs and council officers to come up with ideas for bringing sites such as Friar Gate Goods Yard and Central Square, Cathedral Road, back into use.
In October last year, a £50 million scheme to bring Friar Gate Goods Yard "back to life" won the overwhelming support of city planners.
The company behind the plans, Clowes Developments, said it wanted to build 140 homes, offices, cafes and shops on the 20-acre site, which has stood derelict for three decades, while turning the grade two-listed warehouse into a supermarket.
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But, more than a year on, final plans are yet to be submitted for approval.
Meanwhile, plans to build offices on Central Square stalled earlier this year after developers Bolsterstone pulled out of negotiations with Derby City Council over the funding of the scheme.
Now, a group of councillors who sit on the authority's corporate scrutiny and climate change board will consider what can be done to pave the way for building work to start.
Councillor Mark Tittley, who chairs the board, said: "This review will investigate what can be done to stimulate regeneration, private investment and job creation in the city.
"The council has committed, through its £10 million regeneration fund, to support the private sector in bringing forward high-quality developments and we need to understand why some of these schemes have not progressed."
Members of the public will also be asked for their opinions on how the developments can be kick-started.
Mr Tittley said: "Local residents have an important role to play in this review as they experience these potential regeneration sites daily.
"Therefore, in addition to listening to major property developers, the Chambers of Commerce and senior regeneration officers from Derby City Council, we also want to very much hear from people on whether and how this affects them and what they think could be done to bring sites back in to use."
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Meanwhile, Andrew Bock, director at Clowes Developments, said that his company's plans for Friar Gate Goods Yard were coming along.
"We are making progress on the Section 106 agreement and we are hoping that consent will be in place early next year," he said.