Work on the latest £1.8 million phase of a major regeneration project at a former pit site in north Derbyshire has been completed to clear land for new businesses.
A further 22 acres at Derbyshire County Council’s Markham Vale site, between Chesterfield and Bolsover, is now ready for new business.
It follows a six-month clearance project by contractor CA Blackwell costing £1.8m to remove 270,000 cubic metres of soil and rock from the site which is to be redeveloped as a pub, hotel and restaurant, plus offices and businesses.
Coun Kevin Parkinson, Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Our long-term aim is to bring 5,000 jobs to Markham Vale and this is another step along the road to that.
“We’ve already laid the foundations for success with the new junction 29A motorway link, excellent accommodation and on-site support.
“Markham is the only site along the M1 corridor to be building new units and is ideally placed for business looking to grow.
Derbyshire County Council is working with Henry Boot Developments to attract companies to the former coalfield site.