Plans to create a memorial garden on the site of the former home of the Philpott family have been shelved in favour of building new housing on the site.
The option to create a lasting memorial to the six children was being considered after plans were announced to demolish the property on Victory Road in Allenton earlier this year.
Dwayne, Jade, John, Jack, Jesse and Jayden died from smoke inhalation after their parents deliberately poured petrol through the letterbox of their home in the early hours of May 11th 2012.
The father of the children, Mick Philpott, their mother Mairead and Paul Moseley have all been jailed for their manslaughter.
Derby City Council says the plans to build new homes on the site of the former Philpott home instead of a memorial garden for the Philpott children, was the majority decision by people living in the surrounding area.
Councillor Baggy Shanker, Cabinet Member for Housing and Advice states,
– Councillor Baggy Shanker
“I am very happy that together with the local community we have come to a conclusion about the preferred outcome of 18/20 Victory Road...We will now proceed with the formal planning process to make this happen continuing to work with local residents as we move forward.”
The council says the consultation was done in two stages - with all houses in the vicinity of the property contacted through a combination of letters and visits.
- Stage 1: 76% local residents voted in favour of a housing redevelopment of the site
- Stage 2: 89% voted in favour of the proposed design for the redevelopment.