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Future for Elvaston

We’ve reviewed all the comments we received during a public consultation about the proposals for Elvaston Castle and Country Park. All these have been taken into account and Cabinet approved a number of changes to the draft master plan on 20 December 2018.

These changes include:

  • a commitment to leave the showground where it is for now
  • altering the optimum use for Home Farm from residential to activity-related
  • the relocation of the proposed access road to a new location
  • details of how pedestrian routes can be kept safe and separate from vehicle access
  • how drainage will be sympathetically addressed, taking wildlife and other environmental considerations into account

We've been working alongside the Elvaston Castle and Gardens Trust and the master plan sets out our joint ambitions for the future of the estate.

Since the 1990s the cost of running the estate and maintaining the buildings has become increasingly difficult costing Derbyshire council tax-payers up to £900,000 a year.

In 2013, we entered into a partnership with the National Trust to support us in finding new ways of attracting more visitors, increasing income and protecting Elvaston's heritage in the years to come. A 10 year vision for the estate and gardens was developed under the partnership and in 2016 a new charitable trust, called the Elvaston Castle and Gardens Trust, was created.

Our ambition is to hand the running of the estate to the trust as a single management body.

A comprehensive master plan is needed to guide the future regeneration of the estate.

The current Elvaston Castle master plan is attached to this page.