Residents and community groups have cautiously welcomed the potential clean up of the toxic former Coalite site in Shuttlewood as part of plans for 800 homes.
Bolsover Land Ltd aims to reclaim and transform the former chemical works site off Buttermilk Lane into a housing and commercial estate.
But community groups want to be armed with more information about the proposed development before endorsing plans.
Bernard Haigh, of Bolsover Civic Society, said: “We want to see the site cleaned and we prefer this site for housing rather than developers using greenfield sites but there is a lot to consider.”
Bolsover Land Ltd has acquired the site and hopes to shortly submit a planning application for industrial and storage facilities, business units and up to 800 homes with retail facilities and a waste to energy plant.
Exhibitions have been held and UK Networks, acting on behalf of Bolsover Land, hosted a meeting with concerned parties on October 16, and Bolsover Civic Society is hosting a public meeting from 7.30pm, on November 7, at Bolsover Parish Church.
Shuttlewood resident Joan Liddle said: “I want to see the site cleaned but it’s too early to say whether I agree with the development until I have seen more information.”
Bolsover District and NE Derbyshire District councils will be the deciding authorities for the proposed development. A Bolsover District Council spokesman said: “Cleaning up the site and creating jobs is welcomed but the matter will have to be fully considered through a planning application.”