Houses to kick off brewery blueprint

Detaile dlook at masterplan fro Kimberley brewery site.

Detaile dlook at masterplan fro Kimberley brewery site.

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A planning application for 22 new houses on part of the Kimberley Brewery site has been accepted – kicking off a massive project to regenerate one of the most historic parts of the town.

The former Hardy and Hanson’s brewery controversially closed in 2006. Now there is a masterplan of redevelopment that includes a total of 164 houses and plans to create more than 100 new jobs.

The first planning application, named ‘The Field’, was unanimously backed by councillors during a Broxtowe Borough Council meeting last week.

Cllr David Watts, who chaired the meeting, said: “I am absolutely delighted this has come forward.

“I hope it will give momentum to get the rest of the brewery site developed. It would be absolutely wonderful.”

Cllr Lydia Ball said: “I must say I was impressed with this plan. I hope the people who live in Kimberley will think the same thing.”

She said it was important to keep a stone wall around the site, pointing out that these were a feature of the town.

Since the brewery closed, there have been concerns over the future of the site, which has legal protection.

This first development is for 22 residential properties, comprising ten terraced and 12 detached houses suitable for families and first-time buyers.

One detached Victorian house will be demolished to allow the scheme to go ahead on the site, which is largely an open field. Four trees have legal protection and cannot be felled.

Developers, Metis Development, said: “We are delighted it has been accepted. Councillors spoke very favourably on the design.”