The architects hired to design a new flats and shops complex for the bottom of town have released some sketch plans this week.
The drawings, by Stanton-by-Dale-based Paul Gaughan show how the plan for 26 homes and three retail units on Bath Street might look if given the go-ahead by Erewash Borough Council.
Empty shops including a former newsagents, the former Derby Telegraph offices and Barnes Butchers, which closed about 30 years ago, will be demolished to create two entrances to the site.
As will the Poplar Inn pub, which will form an access for vehicles by widening Pelham Avenue.
The site, which was used as gardens until the 1970s, stretches behind businesses, including Barclays Bank and the Post Office.
The plan, which was submitted by Ilkeston and Derby-based Mabe Allen on behalf of the Branes Trust, which owns the land, has been largely welcomed.
Labour’s town centre spokesman Cllr John Frudd said that homes in the town centre could help attract more businesses in.
It was also welcomed by townsfolk. ‘Mostlyautumn’ on our website commented: “Brilliant. A bit of common sense at last.
“All I hear is building housing on greenfield sites, which is totally unnecessary.
“There will never be a day in the future when Ilkeston has a shortage of shopping units and the bottom end of Bath Street should be redeveloped into housing.”
But Elli Clarke on Facebook said: “Yeah, ‘cos that’s what Ilkeston needs, more houses.”
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