Micropub for Mickleover

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Bondholder Derby Brewing Company has revealed plans to turn a former bank in Mickleover into a new micropub.

The company has submitted proposals to Derby City Council which involve converting the ex-NatWest branch, on the corner of Uttoxeter Road and Station Road.

The building has been empty ever since NatWest took the controversial decision to close the branch just over a year ago.

The plans by Derby Brewing Company involve creating a micropub on the ground floor, which will serve its own range of ales.

The plans state: “The proposed development will bring Derby Brewing Company to the area and allow the showcasing of locally-brewed award-winning beers to the residents of Mickleover.”

“This development will result in a traditional local pub that will offer a wide choice of locally-brewed ales, craft beers, wines and spirits, with a range of simple, homemade bar snacks.

“It will create a social place for the local residents to visit and interact, as any good local community pub should, and also encourage visitors to the area.

“It will also bring a currently vacant and unoccupied building into use.”

The proposals also involve creating an education centre on the first floor and part of the ground floor of the former bank building.

The plans state: “The proposal is to run a tutoring centre to serve the local communities in the west of Derby.

“The centre will be a Kip McGrath tutoring franchise and also offer daytime learning opportunities.

“It will be run by fully-qualified teachers and will add to the vitality of the local community.”

At the time, NatWest’s decision to close the Mickleover branch was heavily criticised. The bank defended the move, saying it was down to a fall in transactions due to more people banking online.