Plans for a major new mixed use scheme on land north of Occupation Lane in Woodville, near Swadlincote, have been approved by South Derbyshire District Council.
Harworth Group PLC & BeePart Ltd are behind the proposals which include a residential development featuring up to 300 dwellings and a local centre with a 1,600 sq m food store, 700 sq m restaurant/fast food, and 550 sq m pub.
Employment land is also proposed, consisting of 2,000 sq m of research and development and/or light industrial space, 4,000 sq m of general industrial space and 8,000 sq m of storage and distribution space.
The development site comprises 21.5 ha of open land associated with the former Dyson coal and clay workings site.
It is claimed that construction of the homes could support up to 162 temporary jobs per annum over a five-year build period, while the local centre and employment floorspace could support up to 69 temporary jobs per annum during the five-year build period. The construction phase could generate £61.3m of gross value added (GVA) over the five years.
During the operational stage, the proposed local centre and employment floorspace would support around 582 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs, generating an estimated £121.8m of additional GVA over a ten-year period.
A council document released ahead of the decision said: “The benefits of the development are substantial. In an economic sense, the proposal would facilitate the first stage of employment land delivery from this allocation, enabling existing and prospective business to expand or locate here in a sustainable location. Employment prospects would encourage skilled labour, whilst the commercial element of the scheme would bring about employment in the retail and service industries.”