Refusal set for Derby flat plans

Agard Street

Derby City Council are set to decide whether to grant permission for the erection of an 8 storey building containing 77 flats on 36 Agard Street in the centre of Derby next week. A document released prior to the council meeting, however, has recommended that the development be refused permission.

The proposed flats would have a mix of apartments, 47 of which would be 1 bed and 30 of which would be 2 bed units. The ground floor would contain car parking and ancillary facilities in the form of a communal area, management office/reception/ bin store; cycle parking; plant room.

The building, currently set on a site of open land used as a commuter car park, would be a 24m high block constructed of brickwork and metal cladding.

The document states that planning permission should be refused on the grounds that: “The public benefits of the proposed residential development are outweighed by the significant adverse impacts, by virtue of its design, overall layout, scale, and overwhelming massing impact in this location.

“In particular, it is considered that the proposal will result in adverse harm to the significance of a number of listed buildings, and to the character and appearance of the wider Conservation Area.

“The local planning authority is of the opinion that it has not been satisfactorily demonstrated that the proposal would have an acceptable impact upon local air quality. It is considered that locally-specific factors have not been accurately considered by the air quality modelling and that the impact of the development creating a ‘street canyon’ effect has not been properly considered within the submitted documentation.”