MP Robert supports Derby Universities’ plan to convert Highpeak halls into large-scale Asylum, shares update


United Kingdom: The British Conservative Party Politician and Member of Parliament for Highpeak Constituency in the United Kingdom, Robert Largan, supported the University of Derby’s plans to convert the High Peak halls into the large-scale Asylum and shared some updates about the delay to its validation announced by the High Peak Labour Council.

As per the reports, Earlier today, Wednesday, July 26, 2023, the High Peak Labour Council announced that they are delaying the decision on the enabling application for the University of Derby’s proposal to convert High Peak Halls into a large-scale asylum dispersal centre.


 On this, the Member of Parliament for Highpeak, Robert Largan, while extending his concern, shared that this comes after he raised several technical challenges to the validity of the planning application.

As per MP Robert, this plan appears to him with some severe flaws in the planning application process therefore, he raised his concern earlier on this and hopes that the Council will reconsider their decision to validate the application.

“As you will know, I have been leading the opposition to the University’s plans, which are deeply flawed and, if approved, could put vulnerable people at risk,” he added.

Reportedly, The application on the validation of converting the High Peak Halls into a large-scale Asylum Dispersal Center was due to be heard on August 1 at 1:30 pm after Conservative Councillors called the decision in, preventing it from being rubber-stamped by the Labour Council.

It has now been delayed until August 7 to allow the Council more time to get legal advice.

MP Robert extended his hope that the Council holds this meeting in the evening so that more local people can attend.


“You can still submit your objection to the application here:,” he shared.

“I don’t just want to stop the University’s plans for an asylum dispersal centre. I want to see High Peak Halls used positively to help local people.”

“I will be pushing for High Peak Halls to be converted into badly needed affordable homes for local people, ” he continued.

Further, while sharing some beneficiaries of this act, MP Robert shared that this option might be less lucrative for the University, and the Labour Council must step up. But it is the right way forward for the High Peak.

He also urged people to share this with their friends, family or neighbours who might be interested so they can have their say too.


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