This is an archived press release
Monday 20 June 2016
Plans to demolish industrial buildings at a site in Bradwell and build 55 houses have been unanimously approved by the Peak District National Park’s planning committee.
Camstead Ltd and Newburgh Engineering Ltd have been given permission to build the 55 houses, including 43 three- to five-bedroomed houses for the open market and 12 two-bedroomed affordable homes to meet local needs, and 6 industrial units.
The former Newburgh Engineering Works site just off the main street in the village centre covers 2.7 hectares and is outside the Bradwell Conservation Area.
The redevelopment of the site was supported by the local community and local authorities and was guided by the recently adopted Bradwell Neighbourhood Plan, which was supported by 84% of voters in a local referendum in November 2015.
Planning committee chair Paul Ancell said: “This is a unique major development in the Peak District National Park bringing a much-needed boost to the demand for affordable homes that will help improve the community’s sustainability and vitality.
“Our policies support development that enhances the valued characteristics of the National Park and we believe this high quality scheme, which re-uses a brown-field site, will greatly enhance the appearance of Bradwell.
“Finding the right balance for the mixed use of this site has proved difficult but for an application of this size to receive so much support is a credit to everyone involved.”
The houses will be constructed in natural stone in keeping with the village character.
The scheme will benefit the local community, bring opportunities for employment within the village in the new industrial units, and benefit the environment by greatly improving the appearance of this former industrial site. Two traditional buildings – Newburgh Hall and Gatehouse, will also be refurbished as part of the development.
The Bradwell Housing Need Survey identified that 12 new homes were needed, when built these will be managed by Bradwell Community Land Trust.
Newburgh’s engineering works on the site date back to 1938 but some years ago relocated the majority of their operations to Rotherham leaving most of the Bradwell site unused.
The redevelopment of industrial space will safeguard 25 skilled jobs currently employed on the site and encourage further investment.
The site is near the Grey Ditch Scheduled Ancient Monument – a nationally important post-Roman earthwork – so archaeological survey work will be undertaken ahead of building works to ensure that any archaeology at the site is protected.