Historic England has opposed plans to turn an unused part of Derby city center into a vibrant new market, describing it as “visually intrusive”.
Last month, plans were submitted to Derby City Council offering an open-air food, drink and craft outlet at St Peter’s Cemetery – just off St Peter’s Street.
The market would include 14 kiosk-style stalls, seating areas and a performance area in green spaces currently unused.
If it gets the green light, it could be operational next year.
But to make the plans come true, plaintiff Burton Abbey Developments Ltd is asking city council for permission to demolish part of a Grade II listed perimeter wall in St. Peter’s Church so that an entrance area appropriate on the site can be created.
This led Historic England – a public body that celebrates history and heritage – to oppose the projects, saying a new market would be ‘inappropriate’ for the area.
A report from Historic England to Derby City Council states: âIn our opinion the proposed structures would form an intensive group of utilitarian type buildings that would be highly inappropriate in this sensitive green space.
âThe proposed new entry is in our opinion particularly inappropriate due to the design of its inverted cement pillars which do not match the existing pillars and safety barriers. This would lead to an unjustified alteration of the classified wall.
âOverall, the proposed development would be visually intrusive. It would compromise the setting of Saint Peter’s Church and the very well-classified old grammar school.
Derby City Council planners may take Historic England’s comments into account when deciding the fate of the request.
Burton Abbey Developments Ltd says it wants to revive an unused part of downtown Derby.
A spokesperson for the company previously told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: âThis is a beautiful and rare green space in Derby that has not been used to its potential in recent times.
âThe vision is to create a dynamic market to enhance the neighborhood. It will provide a nice enough eating area for residents and businesses alike – so people can pick up everything in one place. “
The company said a number of traders have already expressed interest in one of the reserved kiosks.
The Local Democracy Reporting Service contacted the claimant to comment on Historic England’s objection.
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