Report of the Beeston Consultation Coffee Morning by Karen Attwood

Beeston and District Civic Society coffee morning, 16th May at the White Lion

Some 40+ people visited the Civic Society’s regular event this morning to hear John Delaney, Head of Property Services at Broxtowe Borough Council, introduce the latest important consultation on the next phase of Beeston developments. John had copies of ‘Beeston Square Phase 2 Plan: The Future’ (available on line at and gave an outline of the coverage of the document, which was produced in conjunction with the Council’s Town Centre Advisory Committee. The Council are seeking as much feedback as possible over the next few weeks.

The phase 2 land, incorporating the sites of old Fire Station, multi storey car park and bus station has already attracted proposals from developers. The most ambitious, incorporating a cinema and hotel, was greeted by a round of applause.

It is clear that the feedback from this consultation will directly influence the Council’s decision making. Of course, the scope of development is limited by who comes forward with proposals and what sort of shops and entertainment developers think can be supported by the local economy; but I for one found the ambition exciting and encouraging.


The broad aspirations of the Plan are:

  • Promotion of an evening economy
  • 5 or 6 storey structures, to tie in with other buildings in the same area
  • Underground car parking (or none at all)
  • External or flexible space for performance/community activities
  • Interesting/appealing sustainable buildings


There will be additional events to publicise the plan in Beeston Square on the following dates:

  • Monday 18th May, Beeston Square  from 10 am to 2 pm
  • Saturday 30th May, Beeston Square from 10 am to 2 pm


The link above gives you access to the plan and the feedback questionnaire. Please ensure you have your say before the consultation closed on 22nd June!

Karen Attwood


Beeston & District Civic Society coffee mornings, every 3rd Saturday at 10.30am at the White Lion


Square Phase 2 – Consultation. 1st session this Saturday, White Lion, 10.30AM!

1st session this Saturday, White Lion, 10.30AM!

Is M&S Food coming to Chilwell Retail Park?

M&S Food

M&S Food at Chilwell Retail Park?

Is M&S Food coming to Chilwell Retail Park? We can’t say for certain but planning permission has already been granted to split the current Wickes store into three smaller retail units. See planning application: 14/00767/FUL

External alterations to the front and rear elevations, including two new front entrances, extension of front canopy, the installation of non trading mezzanine floorspace, and alterations to car parking and rear servicing require further investigation. The brochure for the park suggests that two of these units are under offer, one to Pets at Home and one to M&S. So watch this space!


Highfields Park, Restoration Plans, Guided Walk – May 24th

Highfields Park

Highfields Park – Restoration Plans Guided Walk

Head on over to the walks page to find out about this new walk that has been organised.

With the new restoration work at Highfields Park, have a tour by the park ranger to find out what’s happening on this important, beautiful and local park. All the details on the page. 

Tram Naming Suggestions sought!

Name a Tram

Name a Tram?!

19 new trams need naming, and the call has gone out from NET for inspiration and ideas. Feel a Beeston or Chilwell person of note should grace the side of a tram?

Maybe someone from our past with a Blue Plaque – a Thomas Humber, Henry Ireton or Thomas Barton? Or maybe someone from the here and now – a Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff or a Sir Paul Smith? The great thing about our area is so many people of note come from or live here.

Whoever you choose, this is your chance! But hurry – the entries for new names close son the 24th of April.