A dozen new houses are set to be given the go-ahead behind an historic Ilkeston mill.
The plans, pitched by developer 8B UK Limited, would see three rows of terraced homes built on land to the rear of Rutland Mill, off Hallcroft Road.
If approved, some of the homes would sit very close to the pedestrian walkway over Chalons Way.
Rutland Mill, built in the late 19th Century, was previously a glove and hosiery factory.
It was originally built for C and F Sudbury and later used by Rutland Garments – before being converted to offices and a club.
This year, the mill reopened after a multi-million pound investment to turn it into 37 flats – also lead by 8B UK Limited.
Now the developer’s plans for 12 houses on the site of a newly demolished mill building and the site’s ‘redundant’ former car park are set for approval by Erewash Borough Council.
A meeting of the authority’s planning committee will make a decision on Wednesday (March 20).
A mill building which had sat behind the main structure has now been demolished.
The developers say it had ‘gone beyond economical repair’ and was ‘inherently unsuitable for conversion to dwellings’.
The homes, which would range from two to two-and-a-half storey blocks, are 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.
The proposed homes would be ‘aimed at first time buyers and small families which have an identified need in this location and will make better use of an area occupied by a dilapidated building and redundant car parking’.
There would be a total of 17 car parking spots for residents and a further four for visitors.
Borough council planning officers have hailed the scheme, saying: “In replacing a building which had been altered in an unsympathetic way and subsequently fallen into a dilapidated state, it is considered that the proposal would have a positive impact upon the character and appearance of the Conservation Area.
“The Rutland Terrace dwellings would sit in relatively close proximity to the adjacent footbridge, however, given the acceptable design and the retained separation distance, it is considered that the development would not be harmful to the amenity of users of the bridge.
“On balance, it considered that the proposal would contribute to the character and appearance of the Ilkeston Town Centre Conservation Area and more broadly upon the visual amenity of the surrounding area.
“In reaching this conclusion, the benefits of bringing this part of the site back into use are considered to weigh in favour of the development.”
Eddie Bisknell , Local Democracy Reporting Service