Almost 400 homes to be built on former Rolls-Royce Marble Hall site in Osmaston

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Almost 400 homes could be built on two former Rolls-Royce sites in Derby which have been empty for 10 years.

Plans have been submitted to Derby City Council to construct 398 properties at the back of the Marble Hall factory in Nightingale Road and Osmaston Road, in Osmaston.

Proposals include a variety of houses, apartments and bungalows ranging from two to four bedrooms.

The majority will be for private market sale but some will be classed as affordable housing and some will be available for social rent. The exact proportion will be decided at the planning stages if approved.

Former Rolls-Royce factory Marble Hall on Nightingale Road, Osmaston

The former Rolls-Royce factory Marble Hall on Nightingale Road, Osmaston

The development is a joint project by the city council and builder Keepmoat Homes.

Marble Hall is one of the city's most recognised landmarks but has been empty since the company moved in 2007.

The surrounding factories were demolished but the grade-II listed building remains and has been converted into a business hub.

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A spokeswoman for the city council said: “The larger Main Works site is situated behind Marble Hall on Nightingale Road and the Nightingale Road car park site at the junction with Osmaston Road.

“The new homes, a mix of houses, apartments and bungalows, will be majority for private market sale with a proportion – the amount to be agreed with planning - of affordable housing including for social rent managed by Derby Homes.”

An aerial view of the Marble Hall factory where the homes will be built

An aerial view of the Marble Hall factory where the homes will be built

A spokeswoman for Keepmoat Homes added: “Keepmoat Homes has submitted a planning application for 398 new homes that will regenerate and revitalise an area of Osmaston in Derby.

“The two sites on Nightingale Road and Osmaston Road are owned by Rolls-Royce and will be developed by Keepmoat Homes in partnership with Derby City Council.

“The development will deliver much needed new housing in the area and support home buyers in getting on the property ladder through the delivery of affordable two, three and four-bedroom housing and apartments.”

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Ward Councillor Baggy Shanker, cabinet member for finance and governance, described the application as “great news”.

He said: “We have pushed for Marble Hall to be revitalised for many years now and this sustainable housing scheme is a perfect match.

“The finer details will be decided at the planning stages but I’m very pleased to see the plans come to fruition.”

The Osmaston Community Association of Residents (OSCAR) welcomed the “long awaited plans”.

The new homes will be built at the back of the grade-II listed building

The new homes will be built at the back of the grade-II listed building

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Chairman Mick Whitehead said: “Once completed it will have a significant impact on the wider regeneration of the area.

“The planning application submission is a key milestone for OSCAR, who have always championed and indeed led themselves on new homes being built in the area for local people.

“OSCAR have and will continue to work closely with the city council, Derby Homes and Keepmoat to ensure that Osmaston residents’ views are taken into account, and that any development will not have a detrimental impact on the neighbourhood.”

Marble Hall is a former office block which was built in 1912 and gained listed status in 2009.

Rolls-Royce moved to Nightingale Road in Derby in 1907 where it built the Silver Ghost car, dubbed "the greatest car in the world”.

The site was camouflaged during World War Two to protect the manufacture of Merlin engines, which powered Spitfires, Lancaster bombers and Mustangs.

Rolls-Royce moved from the site in 2007 to other areas of Derby and remains a huge employer in the city.