Bolsover District Council has confirmed it has chosen Morrisons superstores as the preferred developer for the multi-million pound redevelopment of their Sherwood Lodge site.
After months of negotiations, Morrisons was chosen from a number of quality proposals that were put forward and the council has now entered into a period of exclusivity with the company.
This period will allow the council and Morrisons the time to firm up their plans and proposals and consult with the public on the proposed scheme to convert the existing council offices into a new development.
The first consultation is due to take place on Wednesday, November 2, between 10.30am and 7pm, at Sherwood Lodge which will include basic information only about the proposals.
This multi-million development will create a significant number of jobs and training opportunities, according to the council, ranging from management roles to warehouse operatives and help to regenerate the town of Bolsover.
The scheme design is currently being developed and is subject to planning consent. However the initial plan is for a medium sized foodstore and associated car parking. The proposals also allow for the provision of office accommodation and dedicated car parking which could include a council contact centre, meeting or conference facilities, office space and a police station.
Bolsover District Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, Cllr Alan Tomlinson said: “We are delighted to have chosen Morrisons and we strongly believe that this development will be a catalyst to Bolsover being a thriving town centre.
“The redevelopment will complement the town’s existing businesses and help aid its regeneration, not only in terms of creating new jobs but also by attracting new businesses, people and visitors to the town.
“This redevelopment also presents us with an opportunity to move to newer, more efficient, flexible premises at no cost to the local taxpayer, being wholly funded from the Sherwood Lodge redevelopment.”
James Brook, development executive for Morrisons, said: “We are delighted to be selected as the preferred development partner for this exciting scheme and look forward to working with the council to bring forward a formal planning application with many benefits for the area.
“This is a terrific opportunity to bring our fresh food offer, matched with great value and top quality service, to people in Bolsover and its surrounding areas.
“We are committed to bringing to local people all the benefits that make us different from the rest. Our unique offer of high quality, fresh food at great prices, much of which is made in store, is what makes us stand out against our competitors. Morrisons sells fresh food served by experts who know their trade.
“The new Morrisons store will create a substantial number of new jobs with excellent training and development opportunities targeted squarely at local people.
“Employing a local workforce that is reflective of the communities we serve has been an intrinsic part of our success story for many years.”