Bolsover District Council has approved the purchase of Clowne Campus from Chesterfield College following the college’s decision to close the facility and sell the site earlier in the year.
Chesterfield College made the decision to sell the campus but wanted the building to remain and be used for some community type use. The sale to the council allows them to achieve that and helps to keep the building in active use.
Bolsover District Council’s cabinet member for regeneration Cllr Alan Tomlinson said: “These are exciting times for us. The purchase of Clowne Campus will help the village in terms of regeneration and will attract more people to the local communities meaning they will spend more in the local shops and businesses.”
The college site, which is located on the High Street in Clowne, has a mix of modern classroom and leisure facilities, together with a nursery and large café area covering an area of 12.5 acres.
The Council will look to utilise the classroom space as offices and will develop the leisure facilities further.
It is envisaged the majority of the two-hundred plus council employees based at Sherwood Lodge, Bolsover, will move to the campus site by autumn 2012.
The latest development comes after the council recently announced Morrisons supermarkets as its preferred developer to take over its own Sherwood Lodge offices.