Darley Abbey Regeneration Plan
Derby City Council have a plan to repair and restore the old Mill Buildings and the Stable block behind the tea room in the Park. The Stable block is to be sold or leased to a private developer. The existing owners of the Mills are being encouraged to carry out repairs and development in accordance with the plan by giving grants. Have you seen the plans yet? If so what do you think of them?
Lower Derwent Valley Landscape Partnership wins Heritage Lottery Fund Support
A wide ranging partnership led by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and Natural England has received development funding of £104,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through its Landscape Partnership Programme. A full application will now be developed to secure the project funding.
The £2.5 million project aims to safeguard and restore the iconic landscape setting of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, from Matlock Bath to Derby City Centre. This will include restoring and extending wildlife habitats and landscape features, providing training, arts activities, 'twinning' rural and urban communities, and a Forest Schools programme. The project will also provide access and interpretation so that people can experience and enjoy the natural landscape of the Valley.
Dan Abrahams of Natural England said: "We're delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. Together, we have put together a really exciting project to transform this valley and engage the people who live and work in it"
English heritage have awarded an emergency temporary works to undertake immediate repairs to roofs and rainwater goods at the Darley Abbey Mills.
The £35,000 will contribute to repairing the North Mill, former Mill Managers House and the Proto Fireproof building.
This is in addition to the Derby City Council scheme. The Council have repair grants available. The total funding currently available is £100,000. Information about the scheme, including application forms and eligibility criteria, can be found on the Darley Abbey Regeneration Strategy pages of the Council website: www.derby.gov.uk/dars
Darley Abbey Stables
A marketing excercise undertaken by Innes England to publicise the buildings at the Darley Abbey Stables block has raised interest from developers.
Negotiations with interested parties regarding the appropriate development opportunities at the site are progressing well. An announcement is expected on the preferred options in September.
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