This thread could be for any University related developments.
Derby Uni are looking at having more of a presence in the city centre. They have recently bought the car park on Ford Street opposite Friargate Square. This isn’t an actual planning application but an image showing what it might look like
^^ rejected by councillors despite backing by planning officers - apparently due to pollution/ air quality issues.
Bizarre - this student scheme has no parking so none of the residents would own a car yet can’t be built because too many cars drive past and pollute the area ...
Yet the council have done ****all to tackle congestion and air quality in the area
That would be an over reaction - two other large student schemes got approved on this same road within the last 6 months - that is what is bizarre - no consistency
Just read the minutes of the Councils Conservation Committee from Derby - they had Derby University to present to them the Property Strategy of the University - They said the following.
”The Committee noted that the University hoped to move more into the City centre and create a student village feeling with the aim of making Derby feel more like a university town similar to Cambridge. A three hub model was planned with links between sites. Key considerations would be connectivity between the sites with routes that are safe for students and would take traffic off the road. There are numerous routes through the City but there was a need to make the public space more attractive to encourage local communities back in. The University would like to create an identifiable university brand and a sense of place in the city. It would like to establish a new mixed use Student Village and an enhanced enterprise zone for start up units and businesses. The Committee noted that a consultation was planned with the student body and academics about the 3 hub model and links between sites.“
I’m guessing the new city hub will be around Ford Street/Agard street where they own a lot of land.