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Melbourne Common Reservoir, The Common, Derby, Derbyshire, DE73 7LL

Upon Instructions of

  • Freehold covered reservoir site
  • Potential for alternative use
  • 0.28 acres (0.11 hectares)
  • Vacant possession


The western boundary of the reservoir and land being offered for sale does not extend to full extent of the western area that is fenced at the site. The plans on the website and in the legal pack are both correct.



Melbourne is an attractive Georgian market town with a population of around 5,000. The town is well located mid way between the A50 and Derby 8 miles to the north, the A42 and Ashby De La Zouch 8 miles to the south and the M1 motorway (Junction 24) 5 miles to the east of the town.

The site lies alongside the B587, The Common, to the west of Melbourne, close to the junction with Bog Lane. The National Trust's Calke Abbey is close by.


The property comprises an earth covered, above ground redundant reservoir constructed of reinforced concrete that would offer strong potential for innovative conversion to alternative uses, including ‘Grand Design’ style conversion to residential or holiday accommodation use. The site is not located in Green Belt or an Area of Outstanding Beauty, nor is it affected by a statutory nature conservation or heritage designation.

The site area is approximately 0.28 acres (0.11 hectares) and occupies an elevated position that enjoys extensive views over open countryside and Staunton Reservoir in the valley below.




The Government has demonstrated through recent changes to the planning system that it is an enthusiastic supporter of the custom and self-build sector. There is now recognition within national planning guidance of the growing demand from the self-build sector for improved access to opportunities to undertake self-build projects, which will include conversion of existing buildings and structures, often exhibiting innovative and ground-breaking design solutions.

Over recent years a growing number of examples from across the UK of high quality conversions have captured the public imagination and inspired more and more people to become involved in realising their own ‘Grand Design’ ambitions. One-off, bespoke solutions are now increasingly gaining planning consent, even in areas often constrained by planning policy. Through the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 the Government recognises that custom build can be an affordable way to home ownership that provides an opportunity to own a bespoke, sustainably designed and high quality home.

National planning guidance encourages outstanding and innovative design and cautions local planning authorities against stifling innovation, originality and initiative. National and local planning policies also provide support for sympathetic, sustainable rural tourism enterprises as well as general support for the sustainable growth and expansion of all types of business and enterprise in rural areas, including through the conversion of existing buildings.

Interested parties should read the legal pack for further information relating to easements and overages, for example, that may be applicable to the site.

An example of a recent former Severn Trent reservoir which has gained planning consent for conversion can be found here.

Planning Authority

South Derbyshire District Council (01283 228706 )


VAT is not applicable to this lot.

Energy Performance Certificate

No EPC required.


Seller's solicitor

Eversheds Sutherland Claire How
0121 232 1284

Joint auctioneers

Capita (Charlie Silva)
07710 501827

*Reserve Not to exceed

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Sold for £85,250

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Reserve not to exceed*

The successful purchaser will be required to pay the auctioneers administration fee of £990 inclusive of VAT. Other additional costs/fees may apply - Click here.

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