Approval at the brewery

Sketches illustrating the proposed regeneration of the former Hardy & Hansons Brewery in Kimberley
Sketches illustrating the proposed regeneration of the former Hardy & Hansons Brewery in Kimberley

Plans to re-develop a former brewery building in Kimberley have been approved.

Broxtowe Borough Council has granted permission for Gary Shaw, of Rising Sun Construction, in Critch’s Yard, Kimberley, to convert a warehouse building into one three-bedroom and one four-bedroom house.

The property is an annexe building of the Hansons Yard brewery and borders Browns Flats.

The Advertiser revealed in October last year that new developers were being sought by the site owner, Rafiq Vindhani.

Mr Vindhani decided to look at other developers after Metis Development struggled to get enough money together on time.

He said Metis wanted to extend its contract to be given more time.

But he said it had already been extended once, and things were getting urgent.

Alistair Russell, a planner at Metis Developments said: “We are potentially still interested but I know the owners are talking to other developers. We are still in talks with them and are still trying to come to an agreement.”

As well as looking at other developers Mr Vindhani is also looking at bringing in some funding for the development himself.

Broxtowe Borough Council gave permission for the latest scheme provided the developer followed conservation and building material guidelines.

Plans for other areas of the site, which will include dozens of new homes and flats, are still under discussion.

The redevelopment plans for the Kimberley Brewery site include a mixture of 78 two, three and four-bedroom houses and 42 apartments – 20 of which are conversions of the tower and malthouse.

Work has already begun at The Field site, where 22 of the new homes will be built.

Several of these properties have already gone up.

Planning permission for the whole scheme was given the go-ahead in October 2014.

The Hardy & Hansons brewery closed following its sale to Greene King in 2006.

The Save Our Brewery campaign group are eager for development to move forward as quickly as possible due to repeated vandalism and the site’s deteriorating state.

Arsonist set fire to the brewery tower back in June last year.