More homes planned for old Kimberley Brewery site in next stage of development

Work on a long-running historic brewery development in Kimberley continues as developers reveal their ambition for the next batch of homes on the site.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 11:52 am
An aerial view of the former Kimberley Brewery site.

The finished plans will eventually bring 130 new properties to the old Hardys and Hansons brewery site off Hardy Street.

The site's redevelopment, which began back in 2015, has progressed well over the past year and has seen a number of residents move into the completed Maltings Apartments, The Maltby Townhouses and one of the renovated Kiln Stores.

Now, Fairgrove Developments has applied to start the next phase of the build and has submitted planning documents to Broxtowe Borough Council.

This latest application seeks full planning permission for another five homes.

It reads: "The current application primarily relates to the removal of the un-listed brewhouse, and its new replacement, and the conversion and partial removal of the listed maltings.

"The impact will also, as a consequence, affect the wider conservation area.

"The brewery dominating this part of Kimberley has now been vacant for eight years. During that time the buildings have been actively marketed but with little success.

"This can be attributed to low market demand and property values in the area; the current economic recession; and the difficulty of converting many of the brewery buildings to new use because of their specialised nature.

"In particular, whereas some buildings, e.g. the brewery offices and smaller buildings, lend themselves to viable new use, the main brewing buildings and maltings pose real physical problems of conversion, irrespective of financial viability.

"At the same time there is a local and national need for new housing, and the brewery site can help to meet those needs.

"It is therefore accepted that the former brewery estate and other important buildings should be redeveloped on a comprehensive basis, rather than piecemeal, so that the most valuable buildings can be retained where possible."

The Kimberley Brewery was originally opened in 1832 and was the major employer in the town, with more than 200 employees, until it was sold to Greene King in 2006 and abandoned five years later.