Salloway Property Consultants are pleased to confirm that some of Derby's most historic buildings will be brought back into use after councillors gave consent to "important" plans last night.
West Mill and Long Mill, in Darley Abbey (both Grade 1 Listed former cotton spinning mills) can now be converted via a £1.2 million facelift.
West Mill will become a wedding venue, where ceremonies can be held along with banqueting, and with a reception and art gallery beneath that will tell the story of Darley Abbey Mills through old photographs. The wedding venue, which will also host conferences, will be open from May next year, creating 33 jobs.
All five storeys of Long Mill, which is availble through Salloway Property Consultants, will be occupiable from this autumn and can provide from 1,000 square feet up to 15,000 square feet across 6 high quality loft style offices.
The proposals were unanimously given the go-ahead by Derby City Council's Planning Committee last night.
Planning Committee Chairman, Councillor Sara Bolton, said she believed the scheme was "long overdue" and was an "important scheme in our World Heritage Site".
Councillor Robin Wood said: "We should grab this chance for listed buildings to have a sensible use.
"Without having to have permission from us, someone could come in and use the buildings for industrial use."
Chris Taylor, Director at Salloway Property Consultants said: "We are pleased that the owners of Darley Abbey Mills, Patterns Properties, have been successful with the planning application and have had the foresight to look to convert the buildings into what will prove to be very high quality and bespoke office accomodation."
"I would urge anyone looking for up to 15,000 square feet of office space, that want their business to stand out from the crowd, to consider this unique opportunity to be situated within such a fantastic building in beautiful surroundings, and yet within a tangible distance of Derby, and the easy connections to the rest of the country."