Council chiefs have welcomed a proposal to clean up and transform the toxic, former Coalite Smokeless Fuels site into a commercial estate.
Bolsover District Council has granted outline planning permission to Bolsover Land Limited to develop 31 hectares of the derelict Coalite site, off Buttermilk Lane, at Shuttlewood.
A council spokesman said: “The development is seen as a welcome proposal that will help clean up the derelict former Coalite Works and reuse the brownfield land for industrial, warehousing and associated purposes, which in turn will help create employment opportunities.”
The site has lain derelict since 2004 and has received outline permission for general industrial and warehousing uses and for an energy centre, a transport hub, open storage and a museum or visitor centre on mainly
brownfield land within the site.
The land, which is to the south-eastern side of Buttermilk Lane, is likely to include a range of units including small start-ups, incubator type units and large manufacturing and distribution facilities.
Before any development can begin a comprehensive remediation program and updated ground gas risk assessment must be carried out.
Residents and community groups have also welcomed the potential clean up of the toxic former chemical works site. But Bolsover Civic Society has previously stressed that it would prefer the site to be used for housing rather than seeing developers use brownfield or greenfield areas for industrial use.
Residents have previously complained about odours coming from the derelict site which they have described as a blot on the landscape. And following the site’s closure in 2004, it sparked concerns after it attracted yobs and arsonists.
The Coalite plant which was opened in 1937 was once the largest one of its type in the world.