Unlocking Ashbourne Airfield

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At Planning and Design Practice Ltd we were delighted to hear the news that fellow Marketing Derby Bondholder, the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership has agreed to provide £1 million to create a new link road to unlock the development of Ashbourne Airfield.

The £10.7m scheme, next to the Airfield Industrial Estate, will see the creation of the Ashbourne Business Park, together with a new housing development and a new roundabout and link road.

The project is a partnership between Derbyshire Dales District Council, Derbyshire County Council and landowner FW Harrison, all of which have put in additional funding for the infrastructure improvements.

Planning and Design Practice Ltd have a long history with the site, having devised the original masterplan and secured outline permission in October 2014 (the largest single development ever approved in Derbyshire Dales). We also secured the allocation of the Airfield for redevelopment in the Derbyshire Dales Local Plan in December 2017, secured detailed planning permission for a new link road through the site and submitted a revised outline application in 2019 (set to be decided by the Derbyshire Dales District Council Planning Board on 4th February 2020).

The scheme will provide 367 homes, 8-10ha of industrial and commercial land, a hotel and a community hub. Land has been allocated in the Local Plan for a further 1100 homes, 6-8Ha of employment land and community facilities at the Airfield in a second phase of development to the north.

The new link road will open up the existing adjacent industrial estate which is fully occupied and a new bus route will also be created.

The proposals include areas for wildlife conservation, a public open space and new landscape features incorporating over 1 hectare of new woodland. The scheme will deliver over £3m in public subsidy for school and college places and highway improvements as well as affordable housing.

Derbyshire Dales Planning Committee resolved to grant planning permission for a hybrid planning application on the 4th February subject to the completion of a Section 106 Agreement.

The permission combined a full application for the first new commercial building and brought together all the existing consents. The 2017 outline permission was also renewed but with extended timescales for the submission of reserved matters to enable the Industrial Estate to be developed (including the creation of a new business park) over the next 10 years.

The first phase of the development, including the new access is scheduled to start on the 9th March 2020.

Jon Millhouse, Director at Planning & Design Practice Ltd said: “We are excited to see the Airfield development about to commence. We have always envisaged and sought to achieve a high quality and truly sustainable new development, where people can live, work and play.”

Planning and Design Practice Ltd recognise that urban design has a key role to play in tackling climate change, by making future places more robust to withstand the impact of climate change and adaptable as conditions change. We have a talented group of planners and urban designers who can work with you to create outward looking inclusive designs which will be supported by Local planning Authorities. For more information please visit www.planningdesign.co.uk or phone 01332 347371.

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