Ambergate Social Club Redevelopment

Redevelopment of brownfield site in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

Heritage | Architectural Design

Redevelopment of brownfield site in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site

This project was an exciting one to work on as it comprised of the redevelopment of a brownfield site at Ambergate. The site comprised of a derelict social club and carpark, two 19th century cottages and an agricultural barn. The whole site had been neglected for the last few years and the buildings were rapidly degrading.

PDP achieved full planning permission for 1 new detached dwelling on the footprint of the old social club, a terrace of 3 new dwellings, the restoration of the two cottages and the conversion of the barn to a dwelling.

The site had its challenges, being located in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, which significantly impacts any potential development as it must either preserve or enhance its character and appearance. The site is additionally located in flood zones 2 & 3, so the Sequential and Exception Test had to be applied and passed, along with demonstrating that the development could be made safe from flooding.

PDP engaged proactively with the Council and local Conservation Officer in lengthy discussions to secure a design that was not considered to harm the Outstanding Universal Value of the World Heritage Site. The plans were revised a couple of times to ensure that a high-quality scheme was produced, with careful attention to detail, particularly on plots 5-7 which would be visible from the A6.

The Planning Officer concluded that as the Council are unable to demonstrate a five-year supply of housing, the proposal was considered to meet the test of sustainable development and there was no identified adverse impacts to outweigh the benefits of the development. As such it was approved.

If you would like to know more about this project, please contact us and speak to Lindsay Cruddas

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