Homes plan for former college site in Heanor set to be rejected

The former Derby College site in Heanor
The former Derby College site in Heanor

Plans to turn the former home of Derby College in Heanor into houses and apartments are set to be rejected.

The applications, submitted to Amber Valley Borough Council by an Adam Cavell, are split in two.

One application seeks to turn the large Grade II-listed building into 24 apartments, and convert the former science block into nine further apartments.

The second application aims to build 19 houses in the former college grounds.

There would be a total of 100 parking spaces to cater for the scheme’s residents.

Originally the Heanor Grammar School from 1912 until 1976, the site was then used by Derby College until 2013 – it has remained vacant since.

Historic England has lodged its objections to the scheme stating that a more “creative and sensitive approach is required to fully realise regeneration and housing opportunities and the wider public and heritage benefits which could be delivered by this site”.

It states that the proposed developments would result in “substantial harm” to the listed building.

The Heanor Grammar School Action Group along with 43 residents also object to the scheme.

They feel that the plans would be the “loss of a community asset”, would create further traffic issues and will have a negative impact on local wildlife.

Derbyshire County Council has requested that the developer contributes £22,798 for two extra spots at Corfield Infant School; £34,197 for three spaces at Mundy Junior School; and £105,960 for four secondary school and two post-16 spots at Heanor Gate Science College.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust says that if the plans were given the go-ahead that further surveys would be required to find out if there were any bats roosting in the roof space of the main school building.

Recommending that the two schemes are rejected, borough council officers said: “It is considered that the proposal represents substantial harm to the setting of the listed building which is harmful to the special architectural and historic interest of the building, and whilst the proposal would contribute to the council’s lack of a demonstrable five-year housing land supply, it is not considered that that this is sufficient to justify the harm.

“Furthermore, it is considered that insufficient information has been submitted to fully assess the impacts of the development to allow full and proper consideration of the proposal.”

A decision on the plans will be made on Monday, June 18 by the borough council’s planning committee.