Kimberley brewery homes get green light -site to be redeveloped and malting house demolished

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

Kimberley’s historic brewery is to be converted into 122 new homes after plans were finally approved this week.

After more than a year of discussions and consultations with residents, Broxtowe Borough Council have agreed to allow the former Hardy and Hansons brewery to be redeveloped to provide new housing.

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

However, it signals the end for the malting house which will be demolished to make way for new homes.

The project will take three years to complete, with building work due to start in June 2015.

Metis developments who submitted the proposals said they were pleased the regeneration plans had finally been approved.

Metis planner Alistair Russell said: “Most importantly we can end the dereliction of the site and bring back into use the historic buildings, in particular the Grade II listed Malt house.

“Converting these historic buildings to residential apartments will not only provide homes for first time buyers but also ensure the long term maintenance of the brewery for future generations.”

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

The project will also provide new road safety improvements along Hardy Street and have reserved an area for the tram should it be extended.

Campaign group Save Our Brewery Site (SOBS) said that although they were disappointed that the malting house would be demolished, they were pleased the plans had been approved.

SOBS member Darren Warner said: “We are quite happy with most of the plans.

“We are unsure about the brewery house being replaced with a modern apartment block, but otherwise we are pleased to see the development go forward.”

Cllr Richard Robinson (Lab), Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Jobs Business & Growth at Broxtowe Borough Council also said the approval of the plans was good news.

He added: “There were some concerns that the heritage would be bulldozed down and lost but actually these are innovative plans to take the site forward.

“The site has been vacant for eight years so if the developers can make it into affordable housing and benefit the local community then it is a good thing.”