Plans for a new café at a historic mills complex on the banks of Derby’s River Derwent have been given the go-ahead.
In the summer, plans were submitted to Derby City Council to create the new venture at Darley Abbey Mills, a historic mills complex dating back to the 18th century.
Today, after standing empty for a number of years, many of the buildings have been revamped and are home to a variety of businesses.
The mills were once renowned for cotton spinning and the new café will be called The Cotton Café, a nod to the site’s industrial past.
The café, which will create four full-time and eight part-time jobs, will be situated in a structure at the northern boundary of the site called the “proto-fireproof building”, which is Grade II-listed.
It will be in a building that was once home to another café called Platters at the Mill. That business closed in 2016 and the unit has been vacant ever since.
Granting permission, city council planners said: “In dealing with this application the city council has worked with the applicant/agent in a positive and proactive manner and has secured appropriate and proportionate improvements to the scheme which relate to internal layout of the café and details of the proposed interventions to the historic fabric.
“The proposed conversion would be an appropriate use in principle within the Darley Abbey Mills complex and bring a long term viable reuse and regeneration of the Grade II-listed mill buildings.
“The less than substantial harm to the heritage asset arising from the impacts on historic fabric are considered to be outweighed by the public benefits of the proposal.”
In the original planning documents put forward by Guy Taylor Associates, on behalf of the applicant Derby Patterns, it said: “The Cotton Café will become a practical addition to the Darley Abbey Mills site providing much-needed catering facilities for the local businesses, residents and visitors.
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“Due to the nature of the unique site, the design proposals for the Cotton Café are bespoke to the site and utilise existing forms and made-to-measure alterations which enhance the key assets.
“The café will offer a unique dining experience in the mills and near the river. It would contribute to the regeneration of Darley Mills by creating a site for leisure, dining and employment while opening up an otherwise unseen area of the site to the public.
“The site will showcase the rich historic significance of the area.”
The History of Darley Abbey Mills
Darley Abbey Mills is a collection of buildings steeped in Derby’s industrial heritage.
The buildings date back to the late 1700s and were originally built as cotton mills.
The River Derwent was the main reason industrial roots were laid down in this part of Darley Abbey.
Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, a series of water-powered mills – for corn, flint, leather and paper – were developed on land between Darley Street and the west bank of the river.
The land on the opposite bank was acquired by Thomas Evans for his cotton mills in 1778. Here, from 1782 onwards, he applied his skills to cotton spinning and to the development of a factory community.
These mills later became known as the Boar’s Head Mills and were built between 1782 and 1830.
They constitute the most complete of the surviving cotton mill complexes in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and are of immense historical and architectural importance.
The site contains five main mills and ancillary structures, including warehouses, offices, stables, bobbin shops and domestic buildings.
The Boar’s Head Mills specialised in quality thread for sewing, embroidery and haberdashery. They were originally water-powered but later driven by steam.
The Evans’ involvement in the cotton mills ceased with the death of Walter Evans II in 1903.
In 1905, John Peacock, hitherto manager, bought the mills from the estate. The Peacock family ran the business until 1943 when it was sold to J&P Coats, of Coats Viyella Group.
In 1969 the sale of the mills for other uses began. At one point, much of the mills stood empty and parts of it had fallen into disrepair.
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Then Patterns Properties came on the scene. Since 2010, the firm has been sympathetically transforming the buildings into a thriving business complex.
It has ploughed millions into restoring the listed buildings and today they consist of high-quality offices, studios, showrooms, workshops and galleries.
Today, a creative village has been created, home to several companies.
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