Bolsover District Council has announced today, Thursday, September 4, that the sale of its former Sherwood Lodge office site to the Morrisons supermarket chain has finally been completed.
The multi-million pound deal involving a new supermarket and petrol station on the site, off Oxcroft Lane, in Bolsover, is hoped to provide a huge economic boost to the area with plans for a new council Contact Centre on the Middle Street car park also underway.
The regeneration of the town is hoped to bring with it a host of benefits including increased choice for consumers, increased footfall across the town, the creation of over 200 jobs for local people, improvements to the local highway and to the Stratton Road Memorial Garden.
There will also be additional car parking in the town, according to the council, and new public toilets in the new contact centre as part of the developments.
The former Middle Street Car Park will be developed to include a two-storey building which will be used as offices for the council’s Contact Centre, Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, Bolsover police station and other public services.
This facility will allow local residents to continue to access the face-to-face services currently delivered at the Sherwood Lodge site in addition to wider services, providing a central point to access public services.
Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor Alan Tomlinson, said: “It has been a long time coming, but we are delighted to have finally completed the sale of Sherwood Lodge and we can’t wait for work to finally start.
“This is a hugely exciting time and the beginning of a new era for Bolsover. Developments of this nature provide huge economic boosts, not only by creating new jobs, but by acting as a catalyst to help other businesses prosper through increased footfall and ultimately increasing their potential income. After all, more people visiting the town, equals more people spending in the town - which can only be good for Bolsover.”
Bolsover District Council selected Morrisons to buy its Sherwood Lodge former office site in Bolsover, in October 2011, as it moved to its new base at The Arc, in Clowne.
The council hoped the supermarket and a petrol station would be completed by May, 2013, after approving Morrisons’ planning application.
The Save Sherwood Green Campaign group had opposed the plan to preserve green land and several traders had also raised concerns that the supermarket and a new petrol station would create unfair competition and squeeze out local businesses.
The Local Government Ombudsman also previously revealed the council had wrongly agreed to sell public open space without legally advertising its sale during the deal and campaigners felt they had been denied the right to object on this basis.
Other worried residents had also begun to raise concerns about the run-down state of the former Bolsover District Council offices.
But the council now hopes the development will create 200 jobs and complement the town’s existing businesses by attracting new firms and visitors.
Plans for the 20,000sq ft development include a medium-sized food store, car parking and a petrol station alongside council plans also for its Contact Centre.