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Derby Civic Society in partnership with Derby Hippodrome Restoration


Derby Civic Society in partnership with Derby Hippodrome Restoration Trust have revealed their plan to...

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Report on the Buildings at risk Questionnaire


We are working with the Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust (DHBT) to identify the most important buildings...

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A blue plaque in commemoration of the Derbyshire banker and entrepreneur Thomas Evans will be officially...

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Our Judging Panel will be considering building projects during the first week in January. Please send...

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About Us

Derby Civic Society was formed in 1960 to stimulate public opinion in Derby in the promotion of the highest standards of Town Planning, Design and Architecture and secure the preservation protection development and improvement of features of beauty, historic and public interest.

Staffed entirely by volunteers, it is an important and active group that constantly monitors all planning proposals in the City of Derby whether for new buildings or for the alteration of existing buildings or the landscape in which they sit. If appropriate, we will make representations to the Planning Committee on such proposals.

We particularly scrutinise proposed development within Conservation Areas and those concerning Derby’s listed buildings, whether on the Statutory List or the Local List. We have a representative on the City Council’s Conservation Area Advisory Committee where we can make our views known. In 95% of cases the advice given by this committee is followed by the Planning Committee.

The Society has been actively involved in advising the City Council on the designation of new Conservation Areas on the extension of some of the existing ones. The new Green Lane Conservation Area was heavily influenced by the work of our members. The Society also participates in Consultations conducted by the City Council and other Statutory Bodies that might affect the future well being of our City and its citizens (For example in the preparation of local plans and the Local Development Framework.) The Society is a member of the East Midlands Association of Civic and Historical Societies and through them has access to a wealth of useful information and contacts. It also has links with many other local organisations including; Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust (which among other projects restored the Railway Cottages), the Friends of Derby Museums, the Friends of Derby Cathedral, the Darley Abbey Society, Strutt’s Park Residents Association, and the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

The Society is guided by a Council (committee), elected by membership at the Annual General Meeting held each autumn.