Homes plan for Mackworth college site
DERBY College has resurrected plans to sell off its Mackworth campus.
An outline planning application has been submitted for 220 homes, health, leisure and community facilities and living accommodation for the elderly to be built at its 20-acre site in Prince Charles Avenue.
And the site is being marketed as a development opportunity by commercial property agent Rigby and Co.
The new application comes four years after Derby City Council granted the college outline planning permission for homes only to be built on the site. But a change of estates policy and the economic slump have altered the college's approach to the sale of the site.
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Nigel Gell, college vice-principal, said: "It is still intended that building would only be on the existing areas where buildings are now because the rest is green wedge.
"We may sell the land off as a whole or in parcels.
"It would be good to get a range of facilities on the site.
"What we don't want to do is take the sports resources away from the community and we would like to think that these would be used by the community in the long-term.
"We are in talks with many people to see what is best for everyone."
The college hopes the money from the sale will help to fund improvements at its campus at Broomfield Hall, Morley, and the newly-acquired South East Derbyshire College, in Ilkeston and Heanor.
It announced last week it would sell off one of its two farms – Lime Farm – which are part of the Broomfield estate.
A new £48m development at the Roundhouse site, in Pride Park, was opened last September, largely funded by the sale of the former college site in Wilmorton.
College principal David Croll said: "The majority of students and staff previously at the Mackworth site have now moved to the Roundhouse and the rest of the curriculum and administrative areas still on the site will be moving to other college locations from Easter.
"We have been an important part of the local community in Mackworth for many years and will ensure that this site is kept secure and maintained in the period before it is sold.
"We are confident that a site of this size will attract significant interest."
The original outline planning application was approved with just two objections from residents, although concerns were raised about access roads.
Paul Pegg, chairman of the Mackworth Estate Community Association, said: "I think this a good plan and if it gives us a much-needed health centre it will be good for the area."