Marketing Derby urges planning committee to back food and beverage plans

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Marketing Derby has urged Derby City Council planning committee members to back an investment which will create a food and beverage offer in one of the city’s regeneration  areas.Burton Abbey Developments is looking to create an outdoor artisan food and beverage market – similar to those seen in London and Manchester – on an empty plot of land in St Peter’s Churchyard.

The proposals have been refused twice and council officers are proposing a third refusal to the committee which meets this evening.

However, the application has received strong backing from the city’s business community – including Marketing Derby and the Derby Economic Development Advisory Committee  – which has submitted letters of support.

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

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