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Council statement on Philpott house plans

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,

“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.


Plans to build new homes at Philpotts' former house

18/20 Victory Road where the Philpott children lived Credit: ITV News Central

The site of the family home set alight by Mick and Mairead Philpott killing six of their children will not now become a public memorial garden.

Derby city council says it intends to build more housing on the site instead after residents gave their overwhelming support for a new residential development - rather than a permanent reminder of what happened.

Dwayne, Jade, John, Jack, Jesse and Jayden all died after the fire Credit: ITV Central

Ten-year-old Jade Philpott and her five brothers all lost their lives in the fire.

20-year-old sentenced for trying to rob taxi driver at knifepoint

James Bancroft will spend 3 years and 8 months in a young offenders' institution Credit: Derbyshire Police

A 20-year-old man has been sent to a young offenders' institution for three years and eight months for attempting to rob a taxi driver.

James Bancroft, of Allenton, was sentenced to 32 months for attempted robbery and 12 months for having a knife in public, to be served consecutively.

The taxi driver suffered cuts to his face and fingers after he was threatened with the knife.

Mr Bancroft's fingerprints were found inside the taxi, which he fled from after the attack.