Twelve new homes to be built next to historic Ilkeston mill as multi-million pound scheme nears completion

A dozen new houses are to be built close to the former site of a historic Ilkeston mill.
A dozen new houses are to be built close to the former site of a historic Ilkeston mill.

A dozen new homes aimed at young people are to be built next to a historic Ilkeston mill housing luxury apartments.

The plans complete the project pitched by developer 8B UK Limited to reclaim the Rutland Mill site, off Market Street, for residential use.

Built in the late 19th Century, Rutland Mill was previously a glove and hosiery factory.

The main complex has now been reopened after a multi-million pound investment to turn it into 37 apartments – aimed at young professional couples and families.

Now, 12 houses – most of which would contain three-bedrooms – are to be built in the ‘redundant’ car park of the mill and on the site of a now demolished former mill building.

The demolition of the former mill building was approved by Erewash Borough Council last year.

On Wednesday night it signed off unanimously on phase two of the project, to build a dozen houses.

The homes would sit close to the Chalons Way pedestrian walkway and would be built out of similar materials to match those used in the adjacent mill complex.

Paul Gaughan, agent for the applicant, said that the development was the ‘final act’ to reclaim the former mill complex.

He said: “We hope to improve the vitality of Ilkeston town centre. Our aim is to build low-cost housing, part rental, part shared ownership, aimed at getting young people on the housing ladder through continued partnership with Futures Housing (an affordable homes provider).

“We have gone for traditional materials and for a traditional look – including chimneys.

“The homes are to be built on a concrete raft to prevent any archaeology from being damaged.

“We think that the scheme is well designed and will improve the surrounding area. It will contribute to the local economy and will regenerate the town.”

Coun John Frudd said: “I think it is great. It is just what Ilkeston needs, and it needs more of this. I don’t have any problem with it.”

Coun Valerie Clare said: “I really do congratulate the developer on the work they have done on the mill. It is absolutely superb.

“I do think, looking at these plans, that the houses will fit in very well with the mill. It is going to be a really smart development.”

Meanwhile, Coun Kevin Miller said: “It ticks all the boxes, it is a very good design, fills the space, is low-cost, fills the town centre – so I fully approve.”

Families and other residents who have been identified as having a need for housing in this area will be prioritised for the new homes – which will be split into three terraced rows.

One terrace, containing three homes, would face onto Hallcroft Road – on the site of the now demolished former mill building.

A second row, Rutland Terrace, would contain six homes and run parallel to the main mill complex.

Meanwhile, the third and final row of three homes would be called St Mary’s Terrace, set back further to the rear of the site.

Its name would be a tip of the hat to the former school which used to lie to the east of the site – demolished to make way for the construction the A6007/Chalons Way.

There would be a total of 17 car parking spots for residents and a further four for visitors.

Eddie Bisknell , Local Democracy Reporting Service