Saturday, December 9, 2023

Local Interest In Plans For The Belper Mills

Two recent Neighbourhood Plan events attracted over 70 local residents who came to discuss and suggest future uses for Belper’s deteriorating historic mills.

The first meeting heard presentations from Derek Latham, local architect, and Adrian Farmer from the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site team.
The public were invited to give their own contributions and ideas.

At the second meeting at No.28, Market Square, local children were encouraged to think about how they will see the Belper Mills develop in their lifetimes.

Children model making at No28

The meetings were organised by Belper Neighbourhood Forum with financial support from Derwentside Landscape Partnership and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Roger Shelley, co-chair of the Neighbourhood Forum said, ”We are delighted that so many residents attended these events. The community does not own these buildings (at least not yet) but this is a chance to give your thoughts, before the Mills are sold off with little public consultation. Worse still, allowed to continue rotting so that some buildings become unsafe and may have to be partially demolished.”

Residents are reminded that it is not too late to give your views by completing the survey questionnaire. This can be found on the Plan for Belper website  or be requested from here.

To return, either send to the email address or on paper to Plan For Belper, c/o Belper Town Council, St John’s Chapel, The Butts, DE56 1HX before the 17th March 2017.

If you would to talk to NP4B further about this issue they will be at the Neighbourhood Plan stall at the World Heritage Site Celebration event at Strutts, Derby Road, on 11th March.

Claire Meese


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