Plans for brewery take step forward

NEAALC100721C2 - Hardy and Hansons Kimberley
NEAALC100721C2 - Hardy and Hansons Kimberley

Long-awaited planning applications to re-develop the whole of the historic Kimberley Brewery site have at last been submitted to Broxtowe Borough Council.

The ex-Hardy & Hanson-owned site dates back to the 1800s and has employed generations of locals. But it closed in 2006 under then new owners Greene King.

It has stood in limbo since — despite its vital role and position in the town.

A development brief was penned by the council back in 2007 and now full proposals have been put forward.

The plans are split into five elements and include housing and retail units.

Now there is an opportunity for residents to have their say.

Full details are yet to be released, but already key players are voicing their opinions.

Kimberley MP Anna Soubry said it was good news, but she had several concerns.

She said there had to be the right mix of housing types on the site and any retail units had to reflect a ‘modern-day approach’ to shopping.

In her latest newsletter, she said: “I’m all for more homes on brownfield land like the Kimberley Brewery site and I’m all for affordable housing, which is not the same as social housing. There needs to be the right mix on the site.”

The MP said she was concerned about the ‘viability’ of a scheme that included shops.

She said because of the internet the way we shop had drastically changed.

“I am coming to the conclusion we need to make our town centres and high streets ‘hubs’ – places where transport links converge, bringing people together; spaces where people live and work, eat and drink, where they access leisure and health services and yes, shop and spend money. But they need all these elements to survive.”

The Save Our Brewery (SOBs) organisation has played a role in trying to preserve the history of the site.

Member Darren Warner said there were concerns but added: “I think overall the renovation drawings look good and they are in-keeping with the authenticity of the area.”