More plans submitted for homes on former brewery site in Kimberley

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Plans for homes on the site of the former brewery that was the ‘heart and soul’ of a Nottinghamshire town have been updated.

Three plans to build a total of 24 new homes on the site of the old Hardys and Hansons brewery off Harvey Road in Kimberley have been submitted to Broxtowe Borough Council by Fairgrove Homes.

One of them is an alternative to the original plans to build a three-storey apartment block of 24 apartments in the brewery yard and instead to build 14 new townhouses.

The move has been welcomed by campaigners, although they still want to make sure that the buildings remain “historically sympathetic”, claiming that this is the biggest set of new buildings in the town since the Victorian period so they “have to get it right”.

Darren Warner, the 51-year-old chairman of the Save Our Brewery group, said: “It is a good change because all the renovation work is going to be flats so it is good to have some houses.

“I think the new plans also look better than a big block of flats but we want it to reflect the buildings that surround it.

“At the end of the day we desperately want to see it developed because at the moment they are just derelict, but it would be a travesty if they don’t fit in.

“This is the identity of Kimberley, the brewery was the heart and soul of this town and this is all we have left of that.”

The 14 new townhouses could be built in the former yard instead of the originally proposed block of apartments, which was approved in 2015, because the developers feel there is more of a need for family homes.

The other two applications would see a total of ten apartments built in the former kilns and kiln store.

The Kimberley Brewery was originally opened in 1832 and was the major employer in the town with over 200 employees until it was sold to Greene King in 2006 and abandoned five years later, when it was left to fall into disrepair.

Many of the buildings are from the 1850s and 1860s, although over the years new buildings and warehouses have been continually added.

Roy Plumb, the chairman of the Kimberley Historic Society, had reviewed the plans for the new homes and was satisfied that they were sensitively designed.

The 77-year-old said: “People really admired the brewery and were sorry to see it go, it put Kimberley on the map.

“It is better that it is being developed, it was becoming derelict, it has been left for too long.”

Steve Midgley, managing director of Fairgrove Homes, said: “We have a long-term vision with our redevelopment of the entire Kimberley Brewery site. This development involves not just the construction of new homes, but also the renovation of many of the existing derelict Kimberley Brewery buildings.

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“As a result, several different planning applications have been submitted for different stages of the development - including the addition of 14 brand new townhouses.

“The site has been abandoned since 2006 - so we want to transform this historic site to benefit the local area and its community.

“It is our view that houses and family homes are suitable for the area and the local community so we are working closely with the local authority, the local town council and the Save Our Brewery group to deliver homes that reflect the heritage of the area but that also meet the housing need and requirements of potential home owners.”