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Melbourne Civic Society is a local amenity society and registered charity. It was founded in 1974 in response to the threatened destruction of Chantry House in Church Street.

The Society now has nearly 200 members and actively campaigns to preserve and improve the environment in Melbourne and Kings Newton.

Current activities include:

• Monthly talks on environmental and historical topics; also social events and visits

• Regular expert input to the local  authority on planning applications

• Monitoring of airport development and noise

• Conservation work, including maintenance of the Holy Well

• Tree and bulb planting and a bi-annual litter  pick

• Annual award for the best new building, restoration scheme or landscape conservation

• Publication of a quarterly newsletter

• Exhibitions based on an extensive photographic archive.

Registered charity no. 1108835

Affiliated to Civic Voice.

Updates to website – 24 March 2016

Posted the new programme (2016-2017), the latest AGM minutes, the 2016 Civic Awards, changes to the Committee and our response to South Derbys District Council’s Local Plan Part 2 consultation (in Planning).

Litter Pickers 5 December 2015


Our valiant litter pickers went out on a very windy day. There was plenty of litter to collect and at the end of the morning we were struggling to carry the bags back!

Bulb planting on Ashby Road, Melbourne

Bulb Planting Ashby Road

This year we are bulb planting on Ashby Road (above) and Blackwell Lane (again). Committee members Dave Calvert, Pam Adams, Brian Budd, Neil Wright and David Clark working on Thursday October 22nd. Photo: Barry Thomas.

Both Jawbone Lane applications REJECTED

On 6 October 2015 the SDDC Planning Committee rejected the applications by Linden Homes and Fisher German to develop part of Jawbone Lane on grounds that they would cause damage to heritage assets there and lead to the joining of King’s Newton and Melbourne. We are grateful to the work of our local councillors, John Harrison and Jim Hewlett, and our planning expert and committee member Ian Turner.

We know that the battle is not over and expect at least one of these speculative builders to go to appeal.

The photograph below shows some of the supporters of the Melbourne and King’s Newton Action Group and the King’s Newton Residents Association after the planning decision was made.

SDDC Planning 06/10/2015

Jawbone Lane  – Linden Homes amended application

The Civic Society spells out why this development should be rejected by SDDC’s planning committee. It will allow further development along Jawbone Lane through infill, will threaten the King’s Newton Conservation area and the gap between the two settlements. Other issues are dealt with at length in this response.

Linden Homes amended application response

Latest work at the Holy Well

New sign installed at the Holy Well, King's Newton.


We have installed a lovely new sign at the Holy Well, King’s Newton today.

Latest Housing Application


Speculators – Pegasus have chosen the worst photograph possible for the site!

Our response to yet another speculative builder is here.

Litter Pick

Litter Pick April 2015

Litter Pick April 2015

In total 14 members of the Civic Society collected litter from the streets of Melbourne and King’s Newton on Saturday 18 April.

Civic Award 2015

The Close (Church Square) and 66 to 70 Ashby Road have received the Highly Commended accolade this year. More details on the Civic Awards page.

New Programme – April 2015

Our new programme has been posted. Click here.

Forty years old! – November 2014



Left: Our first chairman Richard Heath cuts our birthday cake.

In late November we celebrated our 40th birthday with a party at the Assembly Rooms in Melbourne. It was very well attended and we were fortunate to welcome back several members of the 1974 committee. Catering was provided by committee members Claire Sturges and Barbara Simpson.

BT Cabinet in the Wrong Place

BT Cabinet Potter StWe are extremely unhappy about the insensitive installation of a BT Broadband Cabinet on Potter Street in a central location in the Conservation Area. Chairman Brian Budd (right) says, “We want superfast broadband in the town but why put the cabinet in front of the Co-operative pharmacy when it would have looked so much better situated a few metres up the road close to an existing box. It now ruins the view of the re-faced pharmacy and is a trip hazard for pedestrians and pram users on the narrow stretch of pavement here”.

South Derbyshire District Council claims that it is powerless to prevent BT installing these cabinets anywhere in the Conservation Area as the current government has recently given BT “carte-blanche” to put them where they want without even applying for planning permission.

The Civic Society intends to raise this matter with our elected representatives and BT itself as there have been cases where the company has moved boxes due to public disquiet.

Speculative Housing Applications

Details of our responses to the avalanche of speculative housing applications can be found on our Planning page.

Site last updated: January 12, 2017 - 10:23 am