Agents say lots of interest in campus

NRHNBE120516f1, Ripley mystery picture. Derby college Heanor from mundy Street.
NRHNBE120516f1, Ripley mystery picture. Derby college Heanor from mundy Street.
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Estate agents handling the controversial sale of Derby College’s Heanor campus have confirmed there has already been “several serious expressions of interest” to develop the site.

Last month we reported that the Mundy Street site, formerly housing the town’s grammar school, was being sold off after its owners scrapped plans to turn it into a new education facility.

At the time of the announcement, Amber Valley Borough Council leader Paul Jones expressed his disappointment at the decision to sell the site.

He said: “Both the borough and town council could have offered financial support via a grant or soft loan and we are disappointed that it has not been considered.

“The loss of the studio school was a bitter blow for the town and the announcement that the college is pulling out of the town is deeply disappointing.

“It is also regrettable that the college’s property consultant did not seek the council’s views on the future of the site before the announcement was made.”

But this week a representative from Rigby & Co confirmed to The News there had been at least six serious expressions of interest to develop the site.

The agent said: “There has been quite a lot of interest in the site. We can’t say who, because we have a process to go through, but we have had around six or seven serious expressions of interest from developers”

He added that the firm was now showing the interested parties – both residential and commercial – around the building.

The deadline for bids is the end of March.