Another step forward for Becketwell regeneration scheme

17/09/2020

Multi-million-pound plans to regenerate one of Derby city centre’s most important sites have taken another step forward.

Developer St James Securities has submitted a reserved matters application for detailed planning consent for 259 apartments at Becketwell and, subject to approval, hopes to make a start on building work in the spring.

The Leeds-based company has a history of delivering successful major regeneration schemes and received a committee approval at the start of 2020, with outline permission for its Derby proposals formally granted a week ago, as well as detailed planning approval to develop the centrepiece of the scheme, a new public square.

It also intends to create offices and commercial space as part of an investment of more than £200m and has partnered with Derby City Council to deliver a new 3,500-capacity performance and conference arena on part of the site.

More than 2,000 jobs are expected to be created by the development.

Demolition of the former Derby Debenhams store which occupied part of the site was completed earlier this year and now the reserved matters application for the apartments that, together with the public square, will form phase one of the scheme, has been lodged.

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