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Another small step in the right direction with regards to clean up of Wardwick, Becket Street & Becketwell. Plans approved for Nottingham-based 3GP Ltd to turn into Jacobean House into apartments, with ground floor commercial space. The 400 year old building been vacant for years and is at the corner leading onto Becket Street:

https://www.business-live.co.uk/economic-development/developer-breathe-new-life-vacant-17598078


It is in prime location for a bar to be built downstairs again...think would make a good ghost theme pub as it is supposed to be haunted :eek:
 

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Whats everyones thoughts on whats happened with the assembly rooms debacle?

Time to reunite and get this sorted out ASAP with the original plan knock it down and either rebuild in same location or build on darwin carpark with hotel part of the project
 

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Nothing surprises me anymore when Derby CC are involved. Absolute shambles. I actually think there should be a music/entertainment venue in the market place, same spot as the assembly rooms whether they rebuild it or renovate it. I was working on the Paradise Circus scheme in Birmingham recently which is close to the ICC Symphony Hall and looked like they were demolishing the place. Actually they were replacing the facade, giving the place a big refurbishment inside and out all for the cost of £13.5 million. Building fully operational while the refurb is staged in different phases. I think Derby CC will panic now and seems like they’re looking at possibilities of a performance venue at the Becketwell site. I think there’s enough going on down there and last thing we need is the assembly rooms being abandoned and sitting rotting away for years.
 

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Just to let everyone know that demolition has begun on that property on Mansfield rd across from the pub and Sowter rd phoenix st and beside Landau Forte school...not sure how to up load photos maybe Markie could pop over and take one? Also across from Exeter Arms looks like a new car park has been built were the old 2nd hand car lot was. Think this is to make way for the Landmark building as they will be losing the car park there?
 

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and in other news ... looks like Derby City Council is looking to merge (take over!) with the three smaller neighbouring district councils to form a large unitary authority. It would take in Amber Valley, Erewash and South Derbyshire.

Derby City has a population of 257,302.
A new council centred on Derby would have a population of 608,081

Looks like some sort of local government reorganisation is coming but not sure the Districts would be happy with it.
 

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and in other news ... looks like Derby City Council is looking to merge (take over!) with the three smaller neighbouring district councils to form a large unitary authority. It would take in Amber Valley, Erewash and South Derbyshire.

Derby City has a population of 257,302.
A new council centred on Derby would have a population of 608,081

Looks like some sort of local government reorganisation is coming but not sure the Districts would be happy with it.
Very interesting, do you have a source for this? Wondering if it's pie in the sky or a realistic proposal. Also wondering what it will do for the local average tax base, transport and investment priorities. Makes a degree of sense as it raises the city's stature and bargaining power with central government, and Derby can claim to be a bigger player on that basis. It's mad but local authority populations do matter in the perception's of a lot of people, even those with investment and decision making powers, it has a clear affect on first impressions of a place.
 

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This is the story in the Derby Telegraph. Derby city wants to merge with three smaller district councils

The government is due to publish a white paper in local government reorganisation in the autumn and the councils are positioning themselves. It is likely the government will want the 2 tier county/district model scrapped and replaced with larger unitary councils.
Derbyshire County Council are due to publish their proposals in the next week and it looks like the city were trying to get their ideas in first.
I think there will definitely be changes but not sure how it will fall.
The county council don’t want any changes but say if the government insists they will push for a unitary accross the whole of Derbyshire but excluding derby city.
the city council don’t want this and will push to extend its boundaries if this happens.
Same debate is happening in Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire .
 
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