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Planning Application Submitted to Transform Historic Derbyshire Mill Complex into Apartments and Houses.

Matthew Montague Architects have submitted a planning application to Derbyshire Dales District Council for the conversion of a 300-year-old derelict mill complex located near Matlock in Derbyshire.

The proposal aims to breathe new life into the derelict Lumsdale Mill by converting it into 11 apartments and 14 houses, offering a blend of modern residential living combined with the rich heritage and beauty of the site.

The planning application proposes converting the former mill into apartments, with additional houses to be constructed within the surrounding grounds.

If planning permission is granted the development will include a mix of two, three and four-bedroom apartments plus a number of bespoke affordable homes; making much needed accommodation in the area available to a range of residents.

With a total of 59 parking spaces planned for the site, the project aims to strike a balance between historical preservation and modern functionality.

Architect at Matthew Montague Architects; Paul Myers said “The redevelopment of the site will provide much needed quality accommodation whilst preserving and securing the buildings for many years to come. The new dwellings combine heritage, innovation and sustainability; it will be great place to live.”

The mill complex, was originally built as the Farnsworth Bleach Works in the 17th century, it has been used for various business over the years; most recently a printing business.

The remaining outbuildings would become commercial and business premises, adding a dynamic dimension to the revitalisation of the area. Matthew Montague said “because the buildings are in a varying state of disrepair and lack modern facilities, they are basically not viable for ongoing commercial use. With considered design the new development will fund the restoration of important historic structures and ensure the long-term preservation of the site, whilst providing great new facilities for business to work from.”

He concluded “it’s a fantastic site, that is significant to the county’s history, we are delighted to be involved with its evolution and to help develop and preserve it for the next hundred years.”

A decision on the comprehensive scheme is expected from the district council in the coming months.

Architectural students receiving their awards for a design competition to design a community space.

Perspective view from Lumsdale Road of the street elevation of the converted mill into luxury apartments. Bespoke house types that work with the challenging contours of the site.

Overgrown, disused area at Bridge Street and Little Bridge Street in Derby that is part of urban transformation in the University of Derby's city masterplan

Internal east view of the 2 and 3 storey house type development to the south-east of the site.

The winning design by students. A green bridge over the brook, with a stone wall, seating and green planting.

Perspective view of the north-east 3 storey house types.

Images of how the site stands today.

If you would like advice on architectural services or planning permission contact Louise Jones on 01335 330510 or email


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