Homes plan for coking site

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Residents are being urged to have their say on plans for 270 new homes in Wingerworth.

The proposals for the site, off Derby Road, also include a new food store, a children’s play area, cycle and pedestrian links.

Developers are holding a consultation event tomorrow at Grassmoor Community Centre, in New Street from 3.30pm until 7.30pm.

Andy Roberts, strategic land and planning manager for Taylor Wimpey, which is leading the scheme, said: “New high-quality houses, including affordable homes, combined with extensive areas of open space, a play area, highways improvements, employment land and a small food store will help to bring this site back into use for future generations.

“We have worked hard to bring forward these exciting plans which will be a big step towards the renewal of this historic site and could bring substantial benefits for the local community.”

The homes will form part of an ambitious regeneration scheme for the Avenue which will involves transforming 98 hectares of heavily polluted industrial.

The former coking works is thought to be one of the most contaminated sites in Western Europe.

Mr Roberts added: “Aligning with the ambitions of the Avenue, we want to create a vibrant entrance to the area of major regeneration off Derby Road.”

Taylor Wimpey held a consultation event last month and their latest plans will incorporate some of the original feedback.

“Our public exhibitions are designed to seek out the views of the community so that residents can have a say on the application that will eventually be submitted to the council.

“I hope that residents and councillors recognise our commitment to the future prosperity of Wingerworth and I look forward to meeting and consulting with the local residents as we move forward with our plans.

“Alongside the exhibitions, we have also established a dedicated website, phone line and email address so that people can get in touch with any questions,” said Mr Roberts.