Monday, June 24, 2024

Plans submitted for completion of Dove Valley Park as 35.29 acre employment site to be created

Plans for the completion of Dove Valley Park have been submitted to South Derbyshire District Council by Dove Valley Park LTD, a subsidiary of Clowes Developments, and IMA Architects.

The plans will transform an area of land next to Dove Valley Park into a thriving centre of employment, creating local jobs and bringing economic benefits to Derbyshire. It will complete Dove Valley Park, forming the eastern part of the major 200 acre employment site on the A50 in South Derbyshire that is home to occupiers including JCB, Top Hat, Futaba Ltd and GXO.

The application site could be brought forward for development immediately as the existing infrastructure of Dove Valley Park is already in place to extend into the site.

If approved, the plans will see the 35.29 acre site developed to create circa 54,500m2 of employment space for B2, B8, with ancillary E(g) use. Four units of varying sizes will be created to meet market demand for quality industrial space, along with the necessary associated hard and soft landscaping, car parking and infrastructure.

In addition, a new Innovation Centre will be created that will serve as a central hub for all businesses in the local vicinity. The aim is to draw people together and provide spaces for gatherings, along with informal meeting space and access to external areas. The Innovation Centre will also serve as a space for start-up businesses to begin and has been developed in consultation with The University of Derby.

To enable people from the surrounding areas to access the site, a new bus route will be created to serve Dove Valley Park and the timings of the existing bus route will be altered to reflect occupier’s shift patterns.

The proposals exceed biodiversity net gain requirements and will feature a 40 metre wide landscape buffer to the east which will screen the development from view. The buffer will also incorporate a new public footpath.

Commenting on the plans, Marc Freeman, director at Clowes Developments, said: “There is significant demand across the East Midlands for industrial space and our plans for the completion of Dove Valley Park will deliver high quality units for businesses in South Derbyshire.

“Since its inception in the 1990s Dove Valley Park has thrived and brought economic benefits to the area, so we are excited about the prospect of completing the site and creating hundreds of new jobs for local people.”

Anthony Day, Managing Director of IMA Architects, said: “The completion of Dove Valley Park will be a significant development for South Derbyshire.

“The plans we have created with Clowes Developments will ensure it is a quality site that will appeal to occupiers that will view Derbyshire as the long term home for their business, providing sustainable long term employment.

“We are also proud to have exceeded biodiversity net gain at the site and will take this practice into future developments where possible.”

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