Yes it has approval for apartments but didn’t go ahead.
I actually just read that the funders were doubtful that Derby could occupy the amount of many city center flats in the original plan but also criticism from local groups Derby Civis Society and conservation groups was a factor. It's such a shame as the developer St James Securities seemed so enthusiastic a few months ago. The project will probably now just fizzle out and never get built.:mad2:Looks like Becketwell is going to be scaled back, height of the tallest building will be 11 storeys, the second just 5 storeys. I'm guessing this will make it less attractive for those providing the funds so will likely never happen...
I actually just read that the funders were doubtful that Derby could occupy the amount of many city center flats in the original plan but also criticism from local groups Derby Civis Society and conservation groups was a factor. It's such a shame as the developer St James Securities seemed so enthusiastic a few months ago. The project will probably now just fizzle out and never get built.:mad2:
No point in giving up! Rome wasn’t built in a day as they say.
The Becketwell scheme still has the signs that it is a proper scheme and that it will still go ahead . However, as ever it all comes down to funding .those that are investing need to be satisfied that their investment is sound - this is always the problem, and this money comes from the private sector. Building tall is expensive and so therefore higher risk if the development doesn’t do well, or at least do well quickly, which then has a detrimental effect on the next phases. Derby has little new build city centre apartment schemes and needs to have a few more successful schemes under its belt to give the market confidence it seems.
I agree with friargate bridge but building that new student flats on Agard street hasn’t helped, as it blocks the access from one side. The original friargate square development proposals had nice steps going up to the bridge in between the two blocks. The other issue now is the fact that the access on the other side is owned by Clowes developments.
Personally I would like to see the University but the friargate warehouse site, including the friargate bridge arches and develop a city centre campus. I think it needs that level of investment to get a high line type thing off the ground!
I am a member of the friends of friargate bridge and although well meaning the organisation doesn’t have the clout or the funds to doing anything serious .
Update on the Landmark:
Been some more docs uploaded on the planning site. There was a heritage based review of the proposed development by the Derwent Valley Heritage Site, obviously against the scheme but the developers have commissioned Lathams architects to critique this review, and they actually pull it apart. So the heritage arguments still rumble on, and it is still not clear to me whether the scheme will have to get back to the planning committee. I think that would be up to the planning director at the council to decide.
Other news though is I have heard a rumour that the finances behind the scheme aren’t that healthy - they don’t actually have the backing in place to build. Therefore regardless of planning decision they still need to get the money together. But at least they are still in there fighting for planning permission .
Interesting findings, I wonder where they gathered their information from. I moved closer to the city center from Micklover in November been taking more of an interest recently in where the city falls short. It's clear to me that although a healthy student population, Derby city center loses these young people once they graduate and there is a huge void left. There is simply nothing there to attract young adults, no city center living, dead bar and restaurant scene during the week. Until this is addressed, it will remain the same as although those young people might get jobs in Derby, they would probably choose to live in Nottingham and commute. The Derby city center nightlife scene is basically groups of lads and lasses getting taxis in from Mickleover, Littleover, Sinfin, Spondon, Chad etc on a Friday and Saturday night. How can bars and restaurants sustain just one or two nights business a week? It's a big year for the city as it needs to get some of these projects such as Becketwell up and running...Compare the Market.com have done a study to find “the best city to live in as a young adult”.
Derby comes in third.