The prospect of a major development in the form of a new
local settlement at Denby is to be the subject of a public
consultation by Amber Valley Borough Council.
This follows an approach from prospective developers, the
Commercial Estates Group (CEG), who have put forward initial
suggestions for a development of between 1,000 and 3,000 new homes,
together with new employment uses, education facilities, health
services and improvements to transport infrastructure. Crucially,
the proposals could finally offer a long-term solution to the
pockets of dereliction and contamination in the area.
CEG, together with the Banks Group, have previously
submitted plans for up to 300 homes and 30 hectares of employment
land at Cinderhill, but changing economic conditions now mean that
these plans are unlikely to come to fruition in the form and scale
The concept of the local settlement is still at an early
stage, and the Borough Council is urging people from Denby and
Kilburn, as well as Belper, Ripley and other surrounding
communities, to attend a series of public exhibitions later this
month to ask questions and to see the initial ideas.
A new local settlement is 'a self contained, self sustaining
settlement that would be of a scale that could largely accommodate
its own services, employment, education facilities and other
Details of the public exhibitions events are as
Tuesday 21 February John Flamsteed School, Denby between 4
pm and 8 pm
Thursday 23 February Lion Hotel, Belper between 3 pm and 7
Friday 24 February Leisure Centre Ripley between 3 pm and
Monday 27 February Village Hall Kilburn between 4 pm and 7
A development on this scale could reduce the pressure to
identify locations to fulfill the need for housing growth on the
edge of the Borough's towns, particularly Belper and Ripley, as
well as on the edge of Derby.
The Council is also highlighting the challenges presented
by CEG's proposals, such as addressing the impact of development on
the local transport network; the protection of trees, other
landscape features, and areas of importance for nature
conservation, and that the development does not detract from the
setting of the Grade II* Listed Building at Park Hall.
There may also be a need to consider development on land
beyond the area currently allocated for development in the Amber
Valley Borough Local Plan.
A six-week consultation period to allow people to view and
comment on the proposals will take place from Friday 10 February to
Friday 23 March.
Councillor Stephen Hayes, the Borough Council's Cabinet
Member for Developing Places To Live, said: "It's important, at
this early stage, to get the views of as many people as possible
about the prospect of a new local settlement at Denby. It is vital
to stress that, at present, this is an option, which is part of our
continued series of consultations regarding potential strategic
locations currently being considered as part of the Core
I would strongly urge people who are interested in the
future of this and surrounding areas to attend one of the public
exhibitions being held later this month"
Further information is available on the Borough Council's
Notes to editors
The proposed site is situated on land between east
of the A38 and north of Denby Bottles.
For Further information please contact Luke Barrett,
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Amber Valley Core Strategy
The Borough Council is working together with South Derbyshire
District Council and Derby City Council to agree our strategies for
deciding where large housing and other development should take
place over the next 15 years or so. These strategies are known as
"Local Development Framework Core Strategies" or just "Core
Strategies" (sometimes also referred to as simply "Local Plans").
To date, we have invited public comment at several stages in
drawing up our core strategies