£7M Plaza Plans Given OK

Capital's been given images of what the new development by Pride Park could look like, after councillors gave proposals the go ahead overnight.

Plans include two shops, five restaurants/cafe's and two bars, and it could increase the chances of other businesses coming to the city too.

More than 10 thousand people work around the Pride Park base, and there's over 2 thousand students at Derby College's site there too.

The plans are costing the club around £7 million to fund - but Chief Exec Tom Glick told us they're not taking money away from the football side of operations.

He says it'll actually help the club in the long run, making money to put back into the squad.

'Excellent News'

Commenting on the decision, Derby County Chief Executive Tom Glick said: 

"This is excellent news and we are delighted that the Council have fully backed proposals which will bring long term benefits to Pride Park, the City and also to our Club.

"As I have said previously, the revenues this scheme will hopefully generate can only help to make Derby County more competitive on the pitch in seasons to come.

"I would like to thank everybody at the Council who has supported our application.

"With the planning consent now granted, we can move forward into the next stage of the process, which will begin by engaging with prospective development partners. After this we will need to go to the marketplace to secure the commitment of potential end tenants before construction can begin."