Five years after plans were announced for a supermarket and sports facility development at the Vesuvius site, they’ve finally been given the go ahead.
Secretary of State Eric Pickles rubber stamped developer CEG’s plans for the Worksop site this week, despite a recommendation to refuse planning permission by inspector Ava Wood , after a second public inquiry earlier this year.
Along with an ASDA supermarket, the site will host a community sports facility.
Leader of Bassetlaw Council, Coun Simon Greaves said it was a deserved reward for the council’s work, and a boost for the town.
He told the Guardian: “This is a victory for common sense and for the people of Worksop.”
“We held our nerve and stuck to our guns and now we have won the argument for Versuvius.”
“As a council we have been doing our utmost to bring this development forward.”
“The council will continue to work with the developers to ensure that this scheme comes forward as quickly as possible so that the economic benefits to the community can be realised.”
“Like everyone I want to see builders on site as quickly as possible.”
A statement from the planning inspectorate highlighted the council’s work to arrive at a compromise with the developers CEG.
It said: “The Secretary of State considers that this is a case in which the Council has worked proactively with the appellant to seek to secure developments that improve the economic, social and environmental conditions of the area.”
Greaves added: “I’m delighted that the Council has been praised for its proactive work with the developers to seek to improve the economic, social and environmental conditions of the area.”
“This is precisely why I have been fighting so hard for this application to get the green light.”
The initial proposals for the site were turned down in 2009 by the council, which was concerned about the impact the development would have on the town centre.
In 2011, Secretary of State Eric Pickles upheld the decision of the council to deny planning permission, when CEG appealed.
But in April 2013 his decision to deny the appeal was quashed in the High Court, and all parties involved were invited to make written submissions for reconsideration.
In October, the council and developers resolved the issues which were delaying the development.
In November, the Department for Communities and Local Government elected to reopen the inquiry.