28th January 2014
The £200m Edge Lane redevelopment plans were approved by city planners at a hearing today.
The project will include new businesses, cinema, officers and some new housing.
The long-awaited regeneration of the area has suffered numerous setbacks due in part, agent for the scheme Mark Aylward said, “to a history of conflict between [developer] Derwent and the council”.
Initial plans were approved in 2010 but there had been concerns that some of the planning conditions would make the scheme economically unviable through failing to attract businesses to move to the site.
Derwent, owned by Kwik Save founder Albert Gubay, says that the scheme as it now stands will deliver 1,000 new jobs.
But it could be troubled in part by the need to acquire land and buildings currently owned by Prince William Pottery.
The firm said it would not go without a fight and did not believe that CPO (compulsory purchase orders) would be deemed in the public interest.
However, planning committee chair, Cllr John McIntosh, said investment and growth was “desperately needed” and recommended the scheme be approved.
The committee passed the application.
Speaking after the approval was given, Mr Aylward added: “Derwent are delighted with the approval secured today and the very positive actions from the council’s officers and leaders.
“We look forward to being on site and clearing the buildings in the next few weeks and ideally to be at a point where we can start delivering real jobs and investment over the next 12 months.”