Plans submitted to build 300 homes in Derbyshire village

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Developers have submitted plans for hundreds of new homes in a Derbyshire village.

Planning and Design Group UK Limited has lodged proposals on behalf of The Welbeck Estates Company Limited to build 300 new homes, employment land, convenience retail, leisure facilities and a medical centre on land just off Colliery Road in Creswell.

The project would also include the demolition of a vacant church building and an ‘upgrade’ of Colliery Road.

The plans state: “Irregular in shape, the site measures approximately 14.8 hectares and predominantly comprises the northern element of the former Creswell colliery. The colliery ceased works in 1991, since then the site has been subject to appropriate building clearance and remediation works. As such the land is now cleared and largely vacant, with a previously developed character. The former colliery area remains in the ownership of The Estate.”

The dwellings will be a mix of two to four bedroom, detached and semi-detached properties.

The employment element will be single storey, small scale units, intended for both start-up businesses and existing firms in the area.

The community scale leisure facility will be a pavilion style building that ‘respects and enhance the setting of the Model Village’. It will be delivered to Sport England specifications and ‘complement the neighbouring cricket pitch and bowls green, offering a sports and leisure hub area for Creswell residents’.

The medical centre will replace the existing, disused church building. The centre will be managed alongside the NHS and ‘represent an extension of services offered by the local GP surgery currently operating in Creswell’.

As part of the plans, Colliery Road will be ‘upgraded’ to improve access to the site, through negotiation with Derbyshire County Council.

The blueprints say: “A masterplan-led approach had been adopted to best unlock the development potential of the site whilst maximising the sustainable and locational advantages of the former colliery location.”