Plans for outdoor food market could be refused for third time

The plan of The Yard

Derby City Council’s planning committee could refuse the development of an outdoor artisan food and beverage market in one of the city centre’s regeneration areas for the third time. 

The proposals have been refused twice, with a potential third refusal to the committee which meets on Thursday evening (May 23).

However, the application has received backing from the city’s business community, including Marketing Derby and the Derby Economic Development Advisory Committee. 

Burton Abbey Developments wants to build on an empty plot of land in St Peter’s Churchyard.

The scheme, called The Yard Derby includes 10 retail units situated away from the Grade II*-listed St. Peter’s Church and the Grade II*-listed Old Grammar School.

Plans also incorporate a seating area with a capacity for up to 100 people.

John Forkin, managing director of Marketing Derby, said: “We back this application, it’s exactly what the area needs. The report describes the site as ‘open, undeveloped space, vegetation and amenity which contributes to the verdant value of the street scene’. In truth, it is derelict and in desperate need of some TLC which this proposal brings. The Heritage Impact Assessment actually states the scheme would ‘enhance the conservation area’ due to the investment it brings.

“The proposal fits perfectly with Derby City Council’s ambition to create a vibrant city centre by regenerating such sites and this amenity will help attract more visitors.

“We urge committee members to welcome this as an opportunity that will help lift the area, support its heritage as well as complementing the council’s own substantial investment into the nearby Performance Venue. It’s exactly the sort of thing the Derby is crying out for and the applicant has shown considerable patience and willingness in seeking planning for over three years.”