Hurst Farm Regeneration Project

The Farmer's View Opens its doors!

Hurst Farm Farmers View Opening Directors On Saturday 14th May residents of Hurst Farm gathered to open the fully refurbished Community Hub building!   The new building is named the Farmer's View and was opened by Matlock mayor and Councillor Steve Wain and MP Sarah Dines.

Hurst Farm Farmers View Cllr Steve Wain cutting ribbon with directors Bill Clark, Chris Holmes, Anna Casey and Marie Schmidt Hurst farm Farmers View Opening MP Sarah Dines, Cllr Steve Wain, Marie Schmidt DDDC and Neil Moulden DDCVS
The £460k full renovation of the building was completed in a record 6 months thanks to the joint efforts of local Matlock builder Charles Carnall, the Social Club directors, the project manager Simon Redding (DDCVS) and support from the community.  The funding included £251k from the Department for Levelling Up, Communities and Housing, £100k Sport England, as well as other funding such as the Co-Op, Awards for All and a donation from Chevin Homes.

The opening was well attended by Hurst Farm residents and the surrounding communities.  The club directors had organised free food and drinks, including pizza made in the new professional pizza oven part of the Milkchurn Cafe.  

The Farmer's View bar and the Milkchurn cafe offer a fresh and modern attractive venue  which will become the perfect refreshment stop for all of local Matlock communities.  The Farmer's View bar now has a large balcony with beautiful picture views of Riber castle and a new beer garden. 

The cafe will open it's doors soon offering tea, coffee and cakes, fresh soups and pizza.

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Inside the bar has been transformed into a bright attractive space with big picture  windows,  large bifold doors opening on to the balcony and glass doors leading onto the beer garden.   There is now a new bar, new sound system and professional pool tables.

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A new beer garden and a large back terrace outside the Milkchurn cafe offers new amble outdoor seating.
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The large community room in the back of the building will host many community activities and events.  Already it has hosted several music bands and hopes to become the premier music venue in Matlock.  The front bar and the large community room are available for private hire for family parties and events.
Hurst Farm Milkchurn

Working with the Sports Development team at Derbyshire Dales District Council the venue will be offering sports activities and classes for all local communities.   It will host a Golden Club, a Youth Club and a 'knit and knatter' group, with more activities to come.

The building now has new toilets, including a disabled toilet and separate baby changing facilities.

The downstairs of the building houses a fully equipped community meeting room for hire, a disabled toilet and the Farmer's Larder Community Pantry Shop. 

Membership of the pantry is growing week on week and currently the shop opens 3 times a week on Tuesday and Thursdays.  The pantry shop is a food club run by local volunteers that enables members to purchase a range of quality food items, fruit and vegetables utilising surplus supermarket food helping reduce food waste. 

The car park and access road have been re-surfaced offering parking for 26 vehicles.

Work starts on the Hurst Farm Community Hub!

Hurst Farm Social Club building work has started


Funding Success for the Hurst Farm Community!

In October 2021 £251k of Regeneration funding was secured from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) to bridge a funding gab to refurbish the existing Social Club building.  Together with £165k funding secured previously, which includes a £100k grant from Sport England, the building is now set to see a complete overhaul creating a modern community hub. 

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Logo
Sport England Lottery Funded logoThe funding will fund new toilet facilities, a new flat roof, new doors and windows, an outside terrace and balcony, a beer garden and small natural play area, as well as a remodel of the basement, which includes the Farmers Larder Community Pantry and will offer two small business incubation units for rent.  

The existing front bar will stay.   While the back of the building will see the addition of a commercial kitchen and cafe added.  The back room will become a large multi-functional space, which can be used for large gathering and events.  The outside of the building will be improved and the car park and access road re-surfaced.

Once the work is completed the DDDC Sports Team will run a range of sports activities for all local communities of Hurst Farm, Asker Lane and Lumsdale.

To celebrate the transformation of the building, the front bar will be renamed the Farmers View and the back will be called the Milkchurn Cafe.  Connecting to the farming origins  of the land on which the Hurst Farm settlement was build in the 1960's.

The Social Club Directors are working with the Matlock based architect firm Hope Designs and contractor Charles Carnall Ltd and are supported by the Business Development Manager from DDCVS.

Work started in October 2021 and is scheduled to be completed in May 2022.

Further funding will be raised to add a 2nd floor extension at the back of the building and to add a green roof and solar panels.

Farmer's Larder - Community Pantry opens on Hurst Farm!

4 volunteers inside the pantry shop

In October 2021 Friends of Hurst Farm (FoHF) opened a Community Pantry shop at the Hurst Farm Social Club to serve the Matlock community. 

The shop is called the 'Farmer's Larder' and is a food club that offers access to surplus supermarket food to its members.  This scheme is working with Fareshare to helps reduce food waste.  Hurst Farm residents are able to become members enabling them to do a weekly shop.  

Residents from other areas in Matlock can join too if willing to volunteer 1h per week.

The shop is run by volunteers from Hurst Farm and is supported by the Community Business Manager from DDCVS working with FoHF.

To set up the project £20k of funding was raised, including DCC Public Health Fund, Platform Housing Community Chest, Arnold Clark Foundation and Feeding Derbyshire.  The shop will be open once a week on Thursdays, with further slots planned in the future.

This initiate follows on from the successful 'Food for Friends' food box scheme started during the 1st C19  lockdown.  In the future the pantry hopes to expand its offer further becoming a 'social' Farm Shop for the local area.

More suppliers are needed to scale up and any surplus food from butchers, shops, cafes, restaurants, green grocers and wholesalers would be very welcome.  If interested in supporting the scheme please contact

Energy Boost for Hurst Farm Homes

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£100,000 funding from Derbyshire Dales District Council has transformed a number of "non-traditional" homes at Matlock's Hurst Farm.

Re-cladding work on 11 of the privately-owned 1950s' homes is dramatically improving the energy efficiency of the properties, saving on energy bills and reducing CO2 emissions.

After the great success of the first scheme further funding is being sourced to enable the remaining non-traditional homes on Hurst farm to also be improved.

Have a look at this web link for a press release on the scheme, including a video.

The Hurst Farm Heritage Project Development Phase has started!

Heritage trail logo National Lottery Heritage Fund Logo crossed fingers small
DDDC have now appointed eight consultants to work on developing the plans of the Heritage Trail to enable a successful Round 2 application to secure £1million of capital and revenue funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF).  

This current work is utilising the development grant we secured from the NLHF to improve the footpaths through the Hurst Farm Woodland, protect and restore existing heritage.   We also want to make the trails more accessible where we can.

We aim to submit the application at the end of 2021. 

Over the coming year we will be looking at creating a:
  • Management and Conservation Plan for the Hurst Farm Woods, 
  • Interpretation Plan,
  • Activity Plan,
  • Business Plan,
  • Topographical Survey,
  • Accessibility Report,
  • Detailed ecological survey,
  • Detailed design of the trail,
  • inform and consult with local residents.
We will be working on informing and consulting with local residents.  Due to C19 restrictions currently consultation is not possible to be undertaken in person.  Therefore, we will start with an online survey.  If able, we hope to run follow up sessions, such as focus groups and a public consultation event in the Spring and Summer of 2021. 

To ensure we develop the best heritage scheme and trails for that we can.  Our landscape architects we will be employing an ecologist, quantity surveyor, lighting engineer and civil engineer and will be working with partners, such as the Arkwright Society and Matlock Civic Association.

For more detailed information on the Heritage project you can have a look at the 'Hurst Farm Heritage Trail Consultation' webpage.

Another boost for Hurst Farm

Chevin Homes presentation to Hurst Farm Social Club december 2020

The project to refurbish Matlock's Hurst Farm Social Club has taken another step forward thanks to support from Chevin Homes.

The Derbyshire-based firm of housebuilders has presented a cheque for £5,000 to boost ambitious plans to create a modern venue and community hub to serve Hurst Farm, which is the Derbyshire Dales' largest housing estate, and the wider Matlock area.

Over the past two years the new directors of the Social Club and the Hurst Farm community have worked together with partners Derbyshire Dales District Council, Derbyshire Dales Council for Voluntary Service and Platform Housing Group to create a new vision for the building.

A planning application for the revamp was granted in February this year and the £540,000 funding target has already been reduced thanks to £100,000 from Sport England.

Chevin Homes director Dan Stack said: "Being involved in various commercial and residential projects in the Matlock area, we are delighted to be able to help the Hurst Farm Social Club group with funding to refurbish their facilities and continue to be a key part of the community for many years to come."

The District Council's Director of Housing Rob Cogings said: "This is a great gesture from Chevin Homes and as a Council we are delighted with the way the overall Hurst Farm Regeneration Project is already making a real difference to the residents of Hurst Farm. It really is a success story.

"The District Council and partners have received initial support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for the Hurst Farm Heritage Trail project, and a £25,000 government grant has funded the first phase of improvements to the Spider Park playground.

"£100,000 District Council funding has already transformed a number of non-traditional homes on Hurst Farm and in recent months we have successfully bid for government green energy funding of a near-£1-million that will mean an energy revamp for more homes on the estate and in the wider Dales.

"The Social Club has been at the heart of the community since it was built by local people at the end of the 1950s. The building has much to offer but is now in urgent need of refurbishment to bring it up to modern standards and to make it into a true community hub."

The vision is for the Social Club's pub, with its professional pool tables, to be modernised and extended with a new pitched roof, a big sun terrace and new panoramic windows looking out to Riber Castle. The pub will be renamed ‘The Farmer’s View’ as a nod to the farming history of Hurst Farm.

The large multi-function room at the back of the building will have a new stage, a café and bar area and French windows that open out on to a landscaped attractive back terrace.

A social farm shop and cafe will be created named the ‘Milkchurn’ and featuring a new external counter that will be set into the outside of the building serving ice-creams, snacks, cakes, teas and coffees.

"Food For Friends" the Hurst Farm Community launch a Food Initiative

Between May and October 2020 Friends of Hurst Farm (FoHF)  set up a weekly food box scheme "Food for Friends" to support local families affected by the Covid 19 pandemic.  The project was conceived in partnership with local residents and their partners, including Derbyshire Dales District Council (DDDC), Derbyshire Dales Community Voluntary Services (DDCVS), Castle View Primary School and Highfields Secondary School).   Funding for the food boxes was secured through an Awards for All grant, which helped pay for a Fareshare subscription. 

Each week FoHF supplemented the Fareshare delivery with fresh fruit, vegetables and basic food staples to make up substantial yet affordable food boxes  for local residents.

image of a food box

The weekly collection point was run from Castle View School and then later the Hurst Farm Social Club.  Clever planning from FoHF volunteers ensured collections run smoothly and that strict social distancing guidance were followed.

With an uptake of 60-120 boxes a week the scheme was well received and ended in October 2020 when funding run out. 

Following on from this success FoHF have now set up a weekly fresh fruit and vegetable bag scheme that is open to all local residents to purchase.  

In the future the Hurst Farm community are planning to utilise the experiences gained through these food schemes to open a social Farm Shop, which will be called the Milkchurn.  

Hurst Farm Social Club on way to becoming ‘The Farmers View’ & ‘The Milkchurn Farm Shop and Café’

image of the frontage of the hurst farm social club
The plans for the refurbishment of the Social Club are gathering momentum. The planning application was granted in February 2020 for ambitious plans to create a modern venue and community hub to serve Hurst Farm and the wider Matlock area. Efforts to raise the £540k funding needed have seen some success already by securing £100k from Sport England. This shows the funders confidence in the future of the club, the quality of the design and its importance for the community.

The Social Club on Hurst Farm has been at the heart of the community since it was built by local people at the end of the 1960’s. With big rooms, a commanding panoramic view across to Riber Castle and a big car park, the building has much to offer. In the 70’s and 80’s the Club was a thriving pub and music venue attracting national bands and people came from all over the Derbyshire Dales to have a good time.

Subsequently Club declined, but nevertheless remained an important meeting place and pub for the local community. The building is now in urgent need of refurbishment to bring it up to modern standards and to make it into a true community hub.

Over the last two years the new directors of the Club and the Hurst Farm community have worked together with partners their partners Derbyshire Dales District Council (DDDC), Derbyshire Dales CVS and Platform Housing Group to employ the Matlock based architect firm ‘Hope Design’ to create a new vision for the building.

Together the partners looked at the different functions and uses needed to turn the building into a successful and sustainable community business. The emerging vision is for the pub, with its professional pool tables, to be modernised and extended with a new pitched roof, a big sun terrace and new panoramic windows. The pub will be renamed ‘The Farmer’s View’ as a nod to the farming history of Hurst Farm.

Farmers View logo
The large multi-function room at the back of the building will have a new stage, a café and bar area and French windows that open out on to a landscaped attractive back terrace. The refurbishment would create the spaces for bands to play again, for comedy and cabaret events to take place making it into a premier venue for Matlock. A welcoming space would be created for community events and leisure activities, like yoga and Pilates, children’s Youth activities, baby and toddler groups and tea dances for the elderly. The aim of the community hub is to offer beautiful affordable multi-use spaces that can offer activities and services for all people of Matlock and the Derbyshire Dales. There is no doubt that all these elements will make this a perfect social space to rent for a wedding, or large family celebration.

A social farm shop and cafe will be created that is an attractive space to be in, yet will be affordably priced. Named the ‘Milkchurn’ it will feature a new external counter that will be set into the outside of the building serving ice-creams, snacks, cakes, teas and coffees.

Milk Churn cafe and social farm shop logo
We envisage that once the Hurst Farm Heritage Walk has been created by improving the footpaths through the woodland around Hurst Farm the Milkchurn Café and the Farmer View will become a favourite stopping off point for local residents and visitors alike.

For more information on the bigger vision for Hurst Farm please visit the website 

Strategy launch and celebration

image of eight Hurst Farm brands
Two years into the Hurst Farm Regeneration Project, residents and project partners celebrated achievements to date at a strategy launch event on the Matlock estate on Wednesday 27 November, at the Hurst Farm Social Club.

Partners at Hurst Farm Vision Launch in November 2019

Estate Regeneration Manager Marie Schmidt said: "This event showcased the inspiring vision for Hurst Farm that has been created with the community and it will celebrate the early success we have already achieved.

"We thank all the partners, together with the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) for the funding and assistance that has made this important work possible.

"Working with the community a new inspiring vision has emerged that we plan to develop and realise over the coming years as funding becomes available."

Here's a video, shown at the celebration event, that gives an overview of what has been achieved so far.

  • View the mini- booklet [PDF 2.8MB] created to showcase the vision and the new branding of projects and social enterprises
  • Have a look at the new website for Hurst Farm

National Lottery support for heritage project

Derbyshire Dales District Council has received initial support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for the Hurst Farm Heritage Trail project.

Made possible by National Lottery players, the project aims to improve the existing footpaths around the Hurst Farm Woodland in Matlock connecting four heritage sites.

picture of a group holding a sign celebrating the Hurst Farm Heritage Lottery Development GrantIt means the John Bowne Memorial, Victorian Wishing Stone, Lumsdale Industrial Heritage Site and Bailey’s Tump WWII air defence site will be made more accessible to the local community and wider Matlock area, helping protect them for the future.

The District Council, working with the Friends of Hurst Farm, the local community and partners, has been successful in securing development funding of £79,500 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund with an additional £29,000 match-funding from the Council, giving a total budget of just over £109k to be spent over two years to develop the proposal further for a full second round application of capital and revenue funding of £1m.

The full project grant aims to improve the existing public footpaths and repair and protect the historic stone paths and architectural features. It will also carry out essential conservation work on the woodland.

An educational programme is also planned, with the creation of a Ranger post and apprenticeships. These posts will undertake educational activities in the woodland and the heritage sites and support the maintenance of these sites.

National Lottery Heritage Fund logo
Volunteers will be given training so they can help care for the site and lead tours for the public. Good signage and a digital app will link the circular Hurst Farm Heritage walk footpaths to other existing paths leading to Riber Castle, Tansley and wider Matlock, creating a great resource to the community on Hurst Farm and Matlock residents.

Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council, Councillor Garry Purdy said:

"We’re delighted that we’ve received this support thanks to National Lottery players. This funding will allow us to make some of Matlock’s heritage sites and the Hurst Farm Woodland Walks much more accessible and to preserve it for the future.
"The development of the Heritage Walk is important to improve the footpaths that link the Hurst Farm and Matlock residents to important heritage sites making them more accessible. By opening up the access for better enjoyment we also aim to secure and protect the heritage sites for the future."

The four Heritage sites are:

  1. John Bowne Memorial - famous ancestor of Hurst Farm- Born on Hurst Farm in Matlock, Derbyshire, on 9 March 1627, Bowne emigrated to America. He became a Quakers and by 1661, they had relocated to Flushing, Long Island, where a small group of English-speaking Quakers were attempting to practice their faith in defiance of the Dutch governor of New Netherland (now New York). Bowne was charged and deported to Holland where he argued for religious freedom and won his case. On his return to America, he influenced the inclusion of religious freedom into the American constitution.
  2. Victorian Wishing Stone - The Wishing Stone is a large natural gritstone rock, about 14 feet in diameter, and some believed that to get a wish granted you have to run around the outer ring of the stone nine times. This was a popular walk destination, particularly in the Victorian times.
  3. Lumsdale Industrial Heritage Site - A scheduled ancient monument consisting of a cascade of industrial mill ruins. The Lumsdale Valley is a site of national archaeological and historic importance. It is owned by the Arkwright Society.
  4. Bailey’s Tump - Matlock WWII defence site restored by Matlock Town Council and Matlock Civic Association in 2005.

Visit to the Sheffield Green Estate

Picture of Hurst Farm group in a meadow during a Sheffield Green Estate visit.
In June 2019 members of Friends of Hurst Farm and the Hurst Farm Regeneration Project Board took up an invitation to visit the Sheffield Green Estate organisation.   

Set up on the once notorious Manor Estate in Sheffield 25 years ago the Green Estate has now matured into an organisation that employs 56 people across a range of social enterprises.  Three of which have grown into national and international businesses.  The income generated supports services on the estate supporting the community.

The group spend an enjoyable and very interesting day looking at the wild flower meadows created across the estate, took in the Manor Castle Heritage Visitor Centre, as well as the green roofs and artist studios.  We had a tour of their new wedding venue and lunch at the excellent Rubarb cafe on site.   All of which have been created from scratch helping to change the environment and help raise and support the aspirations of the local community.

With all that the Sheffield Green Estate has achieved it is a very inspiring model for the Hurst Farm regeneration project to follow and learn from.   The Hurst Farm Regeneration project aspires to set up their own "Green Estate" organisation to help develop the Hurst Farm social enterprises and projects.

Mother and Baby Group 

 collage of pictures showing toddlers playing during the play group  collage showing the room set up of the toddler group

Friends of Hurst Farm (FoHF) secured a £10,000 Community Action Grant from Derbyshire County Council to set up and run weekly mother and baby group sessions.  

The twice weekly sessions are run by a local resident on behalf of FoHF.  Each week sessions are held at Castle View Primary School and at the Hurst Farm Community Centre. 

This scheme was set up on the request from local residents and within a few months have become very popular.  The sessions offer an opportunity for local mothers to meet, chat and build relationships with each other, while the toddlers are able to play safely.

Spider Park Improvements July 2019

picture showing the improved play area at Spider Park completed in September 2019 Good News!  The Regeneration project had its first big success in bringing in new funding to Hurst Farm.  £25k grant was secured from the MHCLG 'Pocket Park' funding which has paid for the 1st phase of improvements to the Spider Park playground at 'The Orchard'. 

The existing metal retro spider climbing frame and swings were repainted and the old rubber safety surfacing was replaced by rubber grass safety matting.  The grass is able to grow through the holes of the matting creating a more natural looking play environment.

The funding saw the instalment of one new exciting 'high energy' group swing.  The Pendulum swing comes with a versatile and inclusive basket seat.  This swing seat allows gentle and controlled access for young children and children with disabilities whilst offering exciting play experiences to older children and young people alone, or in groups.

With the funding we were also able to create a natural 'woodland' play and wildlife area. 
New trees were donated by Matlock Town Council and were planted by volunteers from the local community, Denefield rangers, Church in the Peak and Groundwork.

Small pieces of low level timber play elements have been added into the woodland play area.  This includes balancing beams, stepping logs and natural stone boulders.   We hope that in years to come this space as it develops will become a setting for forest school activities that Friends of Hurst Farm and the Castle View Primary School are planning to hold on the estate.

In addition through the grant we were able to purchase over 1000+ native wildflower bulbs (Bluebells, Snowdrops, Anemone, Wild Garlic and Wild Daffodils).  These bulbs were planted by local volunteers and children from year 6 at Castle View Primary School creating seasonal interest and increasing diversity. 

New "heritage" fruit trees have been purchased and will be planted to re-stock the old orchard creating a community orchard and a resource for local residents.

Our plans do not stop here! We are currently working on on further plans for Spider Park, funding permitted.

We are planning a community market garden in partnership with charity 'Grow to Give'.  This scheme will see a working community garden being set up, which will grow vegetables for the local foodbank with the help of volunteers.  This will become a productive garden, but also offer an attractive community space that local residents and children from Castle View School can access and use.

We are hoping to improve the muddy diagonal path and to extend the play facilities further.  We would like to add grass mounding, some climbing equipment and add a natural sand play area.

We also want to turn part of the site into a wildflower meadow that will benefit local wildlife while bringing colour and interest to visitors to the park.

To have a look at the future plans for Spider Park have a look here.


Derbyshire Dales District Council and the Friends of Hurst Farm are working with residents to find out how we can make Hurst Farm an even better place to live in the future. From June to September 2018 we undertook initial 'Planning for Real' consultation events on the estate.  For this we used a 3D model of the estate made by the children of Castle View Primary School for residents to have their say.

picture of the Hurst Farm 3d model

picture of the Hurst Farm 3d Model The findings have been used as a basis to inform the beginning of our vision.  It has given us an idea of the priorities and emerging projects that the community would like to see developed.   The consultation finding have been collated in a report which you can access here.

To follow on form the first Phase of consultation we will be holding an exhibition of the draft vision and all emerging projects over the Easter weekend in April 2019.  If you live on Hurst Farm then you are invited to join us, to give your feedback and help develop the projects you would like to see on the estate.

Hurst farm Planning Session October 2018

"We Love Hurst Farm" Regeneration Logo

Children attending the Friends of Hurst Farm Youth Hurst Farm Social Club took part in an arts workshop learning to lino print with local artist R Scrase.  

The children were asked to draw images of the things they loved about Hurst Farm.  Each child produced a few little leaf-shaped drawings depicting the houses, shops on the estate, showing their families and friends, but also showing their care for the animals and plants on the estate.  Each leaf was stuck to a giant tree the artist had created for the workshop. 

picture showing group children and their artwork tree
At the end of the workshop the drawings were taken by the artist to create a lovely piece of art that celebrates Hurst Farm a a great place to live.  That celebrates a strong caring community that looks after each other, that has an amazing view of Riber Castle and is part of Matlock.

We loved the image so much that the Hurst Farm project board have adopted it as the official logo of the regeneration project.

image of the Hurst Farm regeneration logo 



 Derbyshire Dales District Council successfully made a bid for Government funding to work with the community of Hurst Farm Estate in Matlock to build a long term regeneration strategy.

Hurst Farm estate from High Tor


We joined forces with Derbyshire Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) Waterloo Housing Group and the Friends of Hurst Farm to make the successful bid to the Ministery for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

MHCLG logo

The £100,000 from the Government's Estate Regeneration Fund, has helped us to appoint a regeneration manager to support a two year detailed feasibility study and masterplanning of the 600-home Matlock estate. The District Council has also provided an additional £21,525 from its Revenue Grants Unapplied Reserve to fund the strategy.

Separately, housing association Waterloo Housing Group has won £90,000 from the Estate Regeneration Fund to support the purchasing of specialist consultancy services to move forward the strategy for improvement of the estate.

This funding has been made available because the Government recognises that poor housing and neighbourhood design can significantly impact on life chances and that the estate regeneration process proposed and supported by the funding can offer a real opportunity to transform the way people live on Hurst Farm long term.

The Project 

The study proposes to look at the many complex underlying issues on the estate. These include the physical infrastructure of the estate (parking, road surfacing, green spaces and maintenance), as well as the social issues such as health, fuel poverty, education and employment.

It aims to support the development of community assets like the community centre, the school and the social club and the creation of more local employment and training opportunities. It is envisioned that the resulting strategic plan and data will allow for future development to be more co-ordinated and will provide the evidence needed to apply for additional pots of funding to support the implementation of the strategy.

Estate Regeneration Manager

Marie Schmidt pictured at Hurst Farm EstateMarie Schmidt, a chartered landscape architect with experience in community regeneration, has been appointed as Estate Regeneration Manager. Marie reports to a project steering group and aims to work closely/hand-in-hand with the Friends of Hurst Farm, all the residents and stakeholders, to survey the estate, gather the required data and undertake consultation within the community to develop a new vision for the estate.

As the project develops the District Council will provide further information through this website, ensuring residents and stakeholders remain fully informed. For further information please email:

What they are saying...

Tom Casey, Chair of the Friends of Hurst Farm said:

"It's great news regarding the regeneration funding and great news for the Hurst Farm Estate. Community spirit is at an all-time high and this just adds to that."

The District Council's Head of Housing Rob Cogings said:

"Unsurprisingly, the Government awards have largely favoured urban areas, so it's especially pleasing that we have managed to win support for a rural district - and being among only three successful council bids in the whole of the East Midlands is a massive achievement.

"A considerable amount of resource has been put into Hurst Farm over the last 20 years by local authorities, the police, housing providers, health and the voluntary sector, resulting in some improvements. However, the estate remains a focus for many agencies, and part of the rationale for developing an estate regeneration project here is to address some of the underlying issues that affect the estate, and to find solutions to them."

Chief Executive of Derbyshire Dales CVS Neil Moulden said:

"The agencies involved in this bid have already worked closely with Hurst Farm residents and the progressive Friends group and there is a general appreciation that investment is needed to provide the necessary knowledge of the issues facing the estate. Initially the regeneration funding will be used to support and engage with residents. In time it is hoped the project will be able to bid for and attract capital finance from a range of sources to deliver environmental improvements and community benefits on the estate."


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Part 1: Regeneration Project

Q1.1 Why is a regeneration strategy needed for Hurst Farm?
A: A regeneration strategy is formed through a consultation process with local residents and stakeholders. The resulting strategy becomes a joint vision for the community on how the estate, its infrastructure, services and opportunities are to be developed over 5-15years and this allows for a joined up approach. Having a clear strategic vision and masterplan provides all the information needed to plan the improvements and to apply for the relevant funding. Consultation data and well thought out project proposals increase the likelihood of securing funding manifold. A good strategy can therefore make a significant difference to the regeneration success of an estate.

Outline Document

Q1.2: Why do we need to spend money on a regeneration strategy and masterplan at all?
A: The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) made available funding as part of a new and ambitious estate regeneration programme. This funding supports councils, organisations and communities to employ a regeneration officer and together create innovative proposals for transformation. Hurst Farm was fortunate to be selected as one of only 100 estates in the UK to have this opportunity.
Unfortunately, this funding received for Hurst Farm is not for physical improvement projects.

Q1.3: What is a ‘masterplan’?
A: A ‘masterplan’ is an overall development plan for the estate. It is a framework that sets out improvements to the issues residents have identified during a consultation process. The aim of a masterplan is to provide the business case to attract funding to pay for the physical improvement projects. A ‘masterplan’ is a way of consulting with and getting the whole community involved in deciding how an estate develops over the next 15-20 years. It creates a process that strengthens community ties and builds skills and capacity for change within a community.

Q1.4: What has Derbyshire Dales District Council done so far?
A: During the 1st year of the project Derbyshire Dales District Council have started to collate existing data and information for Hurst Farm in order to create a picture of ‘what we already know’ and ‘what we need to find out’. We have also spoken with different stakeholders to build relationships and cross connection that will create the benefit of a more co-ordinated approach and bring about better delivery of services on the estate.  We have completed the first phase of the community consultation in the summer of 2018 and are now preparing a draft vision which we will consult on during a 2nd consultation in April-June 2019.

Q1.5: Why are we working with FOHF, Social Club and Castle View School?
A: Derbyshire Dales District Council is working closely with the Friends of Hurst Farm, the Social Club and Castle View School to ensure the regeneration process stays as connected to the Hurst Farm community as possible. We have identified that Hurst Farm currently has few community assets beyond the community centre and Social Club. Through this process we would like to help the community develop more community accessible spaces and facilities on Hurst Farm and feel that FOHF, the Social Club and the school are great partners to team up with to achieve this.

  • View the report [PDF 1.44MB - pages 4-12] on the regeneration scheme - including an outline project plan - that was discussed by the District Council's Community & Environment Committee.

Part 2: Consultation

Q2.1: How will you communicate with residents?
A: During the lifespan of this regeneration project we will communicate with residents in various ways. There will be regular updates on the Derbyshire Dales District Council and Waterloo Housing websites and Facebook pages. We will also be contributing project updates to the Friends’ quarterly newsletters and we will release information through the Friends' Facebook page.

Q2.2: How will I know what is going on?
A: If you want to receive regular information you can also sign up to receive regular updates digitally. Send your name, email, address and mobile phone number to to be signed up to the Hurst Farm mailing list. Also look out for consultation events that we will be running on the estate over the next year to ensure that you have your say in the process.

Q2.3: Where can I find more information?
A: As the project develops the District Council will provide further information through their website and the quarterly FoHF newsletter will have updates, ensuring residents and stakeholders remain fully informed. For further information please email:

Q2.4: Can I speak to someone that is independent and can offer advice?
A: Derbyshire Dales CVS has been appointed to be an independent body to work with FOHF and the Social Club. They can also offer free and confidential advice to residents and the community. You can get in contact on 01629812154 or look on their website. You can also contact the Citizens' Advice Bureau (CAB) at Matlock Town Hall for free and confidential information and support. Call the Telephone Advice Line 0808 278 7954 or drop-in Mon-Fri, 9.00am to 4.00pm.

Part 3: Specific questions

Q3.1: What will the Council do if Government or other funding for regeneration projects becomes available before the Masterplan is completed?
A: Our aim for the project is to consult with the community and develop a shared vision together before we apply for funding. However, should Government, or other funding opportunities for regeneration projects become available before the masterplan is complete then we might apply to ensure that the estate does not lose out on these opportunities.

Q3.2: Can I get involved in community projects or events?
A: We are actively encouraging anyone who is interested to join in with the community projects and events. If you have skills, time, or just want to support your community feel free to contact There will be many exciting opportunities to come and we believe that the more Hurst Farm residents join in the more authentic the vision for Hurst Farm will become.

Q3.3: Does this funding mean I can apply for a grant to improve my home?
A: Not at the moment. This initial Government funding is to support the creation of a two-year feasibility study examining all the issues and challenges facing the Hurst Farm estate and its residents. The resulting strategic plan and data will allow for future development to be more co-ordinated and will provide the evidence needed to apply for further funding.

Q3.4: Will the roads on Hurst Farm be improved as part of this regeneration strategy and funding?
A: The consultation process that will form part of the regeneration strategy process will look at the existing infrastructure of the estate, such as the condition of the surfacing and parking. However, actual road improvements will only happen, if we can raise the funding for the work after the masterplan has been created and will depend on the quality of the evidence we can gather from the residents. If the state of the roads on the estate, or parking is an issue for you then please make sure that you add your voice during the consultation process.
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Derbyshire Dales District Council is proud to announce a successful bid for government funding to work with the community of Hurst Farm Estate in Matlock to build a long term regeneration strategy.