Former Wingerworth coalfield site set for transformation

Pictured (left to right) looking over The Avenue plans are Peter Richardson, Chair of D2N2, Deborah Egan, Private Sector Board Member for Sheffield LEP, Cllr Betty Hill, Deputy Leader of NE Derbyshire District Council, Cllr Pat Kerry, NE Derbyshire District Council's regeneration chief and Cllr Graham Baxter, Leader of NE Derbyshire District Council.
Pictured (left to right) looking over The Avenue plans are Peter Richardson, Chair of D2N2, Deborah Egan, Private Sector Board Member for Sheffield LEP, Cllr Betty Hill, Deputy Leader of NE Derbyshire District Council, Cllr Pat Kerry, NE Derbyshire District Council's regeneration chief and Cllr Graham Baxter, Leader of NE Derbyshire District Council.

Council chiefs and business leaders have unveiled multi-million pound plans to regenerate a former coalfield site with homes, business and leisure facilities.

NE Derbyshire District Council and Local Enterprise Partnerships Sheffield City Region LEP and D2N2 outlined the scheme for the Avenue site, at Wingerworth, during a ceremony on Monday.

District council leader Graham Baxter said: “We’re developing plans for employment and community facilities. We’ll have a fantastic green environment and want to make sure facilities serve businesses and residents.”

The council has been working with the Homes and Communities Agency, which owns the Avenue, to get the former polluted coking plant site ready after it underwent a £174m remediation.

It will include a 70 hectare country park, homes, two football pitches, a primary school, cycle links, footpaths and trails.

The council hopes to secure funding for offices and hopes to include a visitor centre, cycle hire, a cafe and changing rooms.

Cllr Baxter added: “We’re committed to hearing people’s views and will be consulting with the community in the New Year as we draw up plans.”

The clean-up aims to be completed by the end of next year with a developer for the first phase of homes to be announced in 2015. A new A61 roundabout is also due for completion early next year.