Derbyshire Wildlife Trust had started legal proceedings in an attempt to prevent work taking place. Following a hearing at the High Court last month, judge Mrs Justice Lang ordered a full hearing on judicial review of the council’s Planning Control Committee’s decision to approve the plans. The Council has now decided to withdraw its plans to develop on the site.
The Sanctuary was designated as a Local Nature Reserve by the Council in 2006 and is the only bird reserve in the city. It is used by ground-nesting and rare migrant birds such as skylarks, meadow pipits, snipe, stonechats and lapwings.