Latest News | 9 January 2023

Plans lodged for new public garden and entertainment space

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Down to Earth Derby has submitted plans to transform a disused site in the city centre into a new public garden and entertainment space.

The nature-based regeneration organisation has lodged proposals with Derby City Council to reimagine the site, which is located near Sadler Gate and close to the Bold Lane car park.

The plans involve an outdoor venue, including food premises, a bar and outdoor dining areas, with an events area for occasional live music and theatre performances.

There are also plans to fill the space with landscaped planting areas in an allotment environment style.

Jamie Quince-Starkey, founder of Down to Earth Derby, said: “We are unbelievably proud and delighted to announce that were going forward with this project (subject to planning).

“We cannot wait to get this going and getting the spades in the ground in 2023.

“A massive thank you to all those who’ve supported and pushed this project to make it happen.”

Down To Earth Derby is an organisation that aims to empower residents to be part of making the city a world leader in nature-based urban regeneration with a thriving, sustainable-regenerative economy.

Its vision for Derby is being supported by the Eden Project – and last year that vision was shared at a showcase event, which was attended by more than 300 people.

Attendees were introduced to spectacular visuals for six city centre sites, including the Bold Lane site, which used to form part of the now demolished Prince’s supermarket.

As well as receiving support from Marketing Derby – which has submitted a letter backing the planning application – and assistance from the city council, a number of Bondholders are involved in the project.

Working alongside The Eden Project, themed attraction designers Katapult has produced visuals for the scheme.

And the submitted plans, which call for a change of use for a temporary period of 18 months, have been put forward on behalf of Down to Earth Derby by Simon Foote Architects.

Jamie said: “The communication and network support from the Marketing Derby team has been an integral part of getting us this far – and the work by the Katapult crew has been outstanding.

“The project and planning crew, made up of James Baker, James Thomson Simon Foote and Andy Leask, have been so generous.

“There are too many people to mention but thank you – all of you have been involved in bringing this project to this point.”

It is hoped that the city council will make a decision on the plans within the coming months.

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