Plans on show for future of former coke works site

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CONSULTATION is being launched on the future use of one of the region’s most polluted sites.

North East Derbyshire Council is working with the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency on plans for the former Avenue Coking Works at Wingerworth, near Chesterfield.

The huge site is currently at the centre of a massive clean-up operation to bring the once heavily contaminated land back into use for future generations, due to be completed by 2015.

People are being asked for their views on proposals for new homes, employment, green space and leisure facilities on the reclaimed land.

North East Derbyshire Council is now consulting on a draft ‘strategic planning framework’ which will be used to assess future proposals to develop the site.

People are now being invited to have their say on the plans as part of a public consultation running from this week until September 17.

There will be drop-in information sessions on Monday, August 20, at Grassmoor Community Centre from 3pm to 7pm; on Tuesday, August 28 at Tupton Village Hall, from 3pm to 7pm; and on Thursday, September 6, from 4pm to 7pm at Wingerworth Parish Hall.

Coun Harold Laws, North East Derbyshire Council cabinet member with responsibility for planning, said: “The Avenue is a key site to the future development of our district, presenting an opportunity to provide new homes, employment, leisure facilities and areas of green space which will serve the population for years to come.

“We hope local people will let us know what they think.”

Future plans for The Avenue site can be viewed in full on the council’s website at www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk/avenue-consultation or by viewing copies in local libraries and district council buildings.