Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Masterplan unveiled for regeneration of major Derbyshire brownfield site

An online consultation has been launched to gather feedback on the future development of New Stanton Park, the 200-acre, rail connected site near Junction 25 of the M1 in Derbyshire.

Verdant Regeneration purchased part of the former Stanton Ironworks site at the end of 2020. Since then it has been working with Erewash Borough Council and a wide range of stakeholders to draft proposals for the regeneration of the brownfield site off Lows Lane in Ilkeston, Derbyshire. It is now sharing the plans to gather feedback from the wider local community in an online consultation throughout October.

A number of plans have been put forward as part of the consultation. The main benefits include the remediation and re-use of a large, brownfield site; the potential to provide up to 261,471 square metres of employment space; development of an estimated 4,000 new jobs.

The plans also include consolidation of the existing rail line and provision of new rail spur; retention of approximately 50 acres of woodland and waterways for biodiversity; creation of a substantial new pond within the site for drainage and re-routing National Cycle Route 67 to make it a safer, more pleasant route for cyclists and pedestrians.

David Ward, director of Verdant Regeneration, said: “The team has been working closely with Erewash Borough Council and a wide range of stakeholders to prepare a planning application which offers significant economic development and employment in a scheme which also retains much of the green open space and waterways within the site.

“The proposals, which are not yet finalised, include new employment space, rail hubs and retention and enhancement of green spaces and ponds. We are keen to hear the feedback and thoughts of the local community, as this is a significant development that is important to the prosperity and future wellbeing of generations to come.”

New Stanton Park site has already been identified by Erewash Borough Council as a key regeneration site in their Core Strategy. With a direct and operational link to the Midland Mainline railway, the site has potential to become a key distribution point for materials being imported and exported efficiently throughout the UK and beyond.

Following the end of the consultation, feedback on the initial plans will be incorporated into the planning application, with submission expected later in the year.

Running from Friday 8 October to Friday 5 November, the online public consultation is being held via the website: www.nspconsultation.com and managed on behalf of Verdant Regeneration by SP Broadway.

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