Townsfolk have heaped praise on the masterplan for the former Hardy and Hanson’s brewery site, describing it as an ‘asset’ to Kimberley.
On Tuesday, plans for the site were unveiled, including 164 homes, more than 100 jobs in a range of retail units and the retention of most of the key historical features of the brewery, which closed in 2006.
The majority of residents who viewedthe exhibition were pleased with the plans by developers Barteak.
Kimberley town councillor Roy Plumb said: “I was quite impressed by the plans.
“It is a difficult site and they have achieved a remarkable degree of care with the development. The overall result, if it goes ahead as it was presented, will be an asset to Kimberley.”
In the 15 months that Barteak has been working on the plans for site owner Amfaah Investments, the Save our Brewery Site group has been vocal about its concerns.
Darren Warner said members needed to ‘digest’ the plans before commenting: “The devil could be in the detail and that’s where we come in.”
Project director Laurence Wadlow said he was ‘surprisingly pleased’ with comments.
“The feedback we have been getting from 95 per cent of the public has been one of reassurance,” he said.
“They want to see this happen and feel comfortable with what’s coming forward.”
A planning application for the field site is expected this month and an outline application for the whole site should be lodged before the end of 2012.