1,500 NEW JOBS: Derelict Coalite site set for exciting transformation

The former Coalite site.

The former Coalite site.

  • New life could to be breathed into toxic old Coalite site
  • Former chemical works dubbed ‘eyesore’ and ‘health hazard’ by residents
  • Plans to be considered by council in March
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More than 650 new homes could be built and 1,500 jobs created under an exciting masterplan for the the derelict Coalite site.

Proposals to transform the toxic former site off Buttermilk Lane, Shuttlewood, could also see new community facilities and a primary school.

The proposed development can deliver significant benefits

Nigel Lax, of Bolsover Land Limited

North East Derbyshire District Council is expected to consider the outline planning application – submitted by Bolsover Land Limited – in March.

The Coalite site, which has lain derelict since 2004, has been dubbed an eyesore and health hazard by residents.

Nigel Lax, of Bolsover Land Limited, said: “The proposed development can deliver significant benefits.

“It would provide 660 high-quality new homes, enhanced by green infrastructure well connected to footpaths and cycleways.

“Based on similar schemes, we would expect to see in the region of 1,500 jobs when the site is fully occupied.

“There would be new community facilities incorporating a local retail offer, attractive public realm and play space and land set aside for a new primary school.”

Residents can learn more about the plans at a consultation event at the Arkwright Centre in Arkwright Town between 4pm and 7pm on Wednesday, January 27.

Last August, Bolsover District Council granted outline planning permission to develop 31 hectares of the site for general industrial purposes and warehousing.

Residents have previously complained about odours coming from the toxic former chemical works site which they have described as a blot on the landscape. And following the site’s closure 12 years ago, it sparked concerns after it attracted yobs and arsonists.

The Coalite plant, which opened in 1937, was once the largest one of its type in the world.

For more information about the proposals, visit www.coalite-regeneration.com