New plans for Milford Mill development

The new owners of the Milford Mill complex, Chevin Homes, have recently put in a planning application to Amber Valley Borough Council (AVA/2020/1199) to demolish the industrial buildings on the site by the end of 2021.

The site, bounded by the River Derwent, A6/Derby Road and Milford School buildings on Chevin Road is quite extensive, as can be seen in the picture below. The old Dye House (the stone buildings facing the A6 at the top of the picture) and the chimney are all listed and are not to be demolished. In the latest planning application they are planned to be converted into offices and retail units. Also in this application the remaining more modern warehouses, which cover the bulk of the rest of the site and have been derelict for some time, will be demolished and 69 houses built in their place.

Milford Mill Complex

The history of the proposed development of this site has been long and, at times, controversial. The original plans submitted nearly 20 years ago by the then owners, Clowes Developments, envisaged a series of tall 4-5 storey barrack-like buildings, but by 2006 and planning application AVA/2006/0297 the plans had been scaled back to pretty much those of today, development of the Dye House into offices and retail units and demolishment of the rest and replacement with 69 houses. Amber Valley Borough Council (AVBC) laid down 30 planning conditions that the developers needed to fulfil as part of their approval of these 2006 plans, and no demolition could take place until this was the case.

Since then Clowes Developments have sold the land (which incidentally includes the school, which is leased to Derbyshire County Council) to Chevin Homes. In the recent planning application (AVA/2020/1199) Chevin Homes would like to demolish the more modern warehouses before the 30 planning conditions are fulfilled. They are in discussions with AVBC at present about these conditions and may also wish to change the design from the original 2006 plan. Obviously we will keep you informed. In the meantime if you’d like to look at either application (AVA/2020/1199 or AVA/2006/0297) you can on the AVBC website  Here, search by the reference number. Comments on application AVA/2020/1199 need to be submitted by the 4th February 2021.

The new site owners, Chevin Homes, are going to present their plans to Belper Town Council at the next council meeting on 11th February 2021 at 7.00pm, via Zoom. If you would like to access the meeting please use this Zoom link.

Meeting ID: 999 1349 3737
Passcode: 440296

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