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Derelict dairy set to become new homes

A FORMER dairy facility is getting a new lease of life as a brand new housing development to provide quality homes for local people.

The old Midlands co-op site in Cromford Road, Langley Mill, which was leased by Dairy Crest, will be transformed from a derelict milk distribution centre into 38 affordable homes, owned and managed by Midlands-based housing provider Futures Housing Group.

Work began on the site on Monday 19 September and is scheduled for completion in March 2018. Amber Valley Borough Council planners approved the plan on 2 September.

The £4.4m regeneration project is part-funded by the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) and will be built by Westleigh Developments. It will comprise six one bedroom flats, 16 two bedroom houses and 14 three bedroom houses.

Alan Boucker, Director of Development at Futures Housing Group, said: “We are delighted to have been able to regenerate this site into much-needed new homes for local residents.

“For seven years, it was used as a production facility for dairy products which helped the nation grow and provided local jobs. Now, we’re hoping to use it to help local people and families in a different way.

“It forms part of our commitment to build more than 1,000 new homes by 2020 through our £147m development programme.”

Karl Tupling, Executive Director for the Midlands for the HCA, added: “The HCA is really pleased to be helping to bring this important local site back into use to provide new homes and help local people in Langley Mill to have access to a home of their own.”

Gary Turner, Head of Partnerships and Investment at Westleigh, said: “We’re delighted to be working with our project partners to breathe new life into a brownfield site.

“These homes will go some way towards addressing the need for affordable housing in the area.”

Dairy Crest vacated the site in 2012 but in its prime it would deliver milk and groceries to around 500 local homes six days a week from its fleet of electric and diesel milk floats.

For more information on the Cromford Road site, watch this video.

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