A company wanting to bring a new food market to Derby city center has submitted new and revised plans following refusal last year.
Burton Abbey Developments wants to transform an empty and disused area of land on St Peter’s Churchyard into a thriving food market with seating areas and public space. The area is known as a hotspot for anti-social behavior and begging.
Plans were first submitted last summer for the kiosk-stye market with the developer stating that the plans would boost and forever change an empty part of the city center.
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But Derby City Council planning bosses said the plans and design submitted would have a “negative and harmful impact” on St Peter’s conservation area which features a number of listed buildings including St Peter’s Church, the Old Grammar School (now a salon), and the former county court.
However, despite refusal, bosses of Burton Abbey Developments said they were still “confident” they would be able to deliver a new market in the area.
Now the firm has submitted amended plans for a new market at the same location – meaning the project is firmly back on the radar.
Plans include 12 market stalls in a kiosk style set-up and a seating area for up to 100 people.
According to documents and pictures submitted, changes appear to have been made to the entrance part which include works taking place on a Grade II-listed wall. A “careful removal” of part of the wall is planned so a masonry-type entrance can be created. This would also include new entrance gates, steps and a platform lift for wheelchair access – something which was not included in the original application.
There are also changes to the layout of the proposed market following concerns made by the council last year that the scheme looked “cluttered” in appearance.
Burton Abbey Developments say they have made changes to the location of the stalls so they are “set back from the street and historic boundary wall to minimize visual impact”.
In conclusion the firm says the market “will offer a sustainable long term use for the site that will bring vibrancy to the immediate area and support the city’s regenerational aspirations – it will also have a positive impact on daytime and nighttime economies of the wider area” .
The design statement ends with the firm adding: “It is clear that the substantial public benefits of the scheme outweigh the negligible heritage dis-benefits. We recommend that full planning permission and listed building consent are therefore granted without delay. ”
The council hopes to make a decision on the plans later in the summer, but this is just an initial target as things stand.