Open spaces to define Derby hub

Pedestrian-friendly boulevard forms centrepiece of city's Castleward regeneration application.

Proposals for a £100m urban village with a huge tree-lined boulevard are due to be submitted to East Midlands planners early next year.

The Castleward project centres on 13ha of land between Derby city centre and the railway station. The urban hub will be defined by the boulevard, which will thread through retail and residential areas and public open spaces such as squares.

Derby City Council signed an agreement recently with developer Compendium Living to regenerate the area and create 800 homes. Award-winning landscape architecture firm HTA will handle public-realm elements, including improved links to the existing Bass recreation ground.

The transformation of the Castelward site is expected to take more than a decade to complete and a planning application for the first phase is due early next year. This will include the pedestrian-friendly boulevard, around 70 homes and a central square.

Council leader Harvey Jennings said: "Castleward will replace a 30-acre brownfield area of the city with a sustainable community of 800 homes, including community spaces, extensive affordable housing and schools. It will provide a fantastic lift for the city and embodies our ambition to continue to invest in Derby."

A council regeneration fund of £10m and nearly double that amount of private funding will go towards the first part of the scheme. Parts of the site are currently occupied by industrial units and car parks.

Two HTA projects, meanwhile, won accolades at last month's Landscape Institute annual awards. Stevenage Town Centre Gardens scooped a heritage and conservation award, while Great Lines Heritage Park in Chatham won a local landscape planning award.

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13ha - Size of brownfield site to be redeveloped in Derby's mixed-use Castleward scheme.


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