Major mixed-use scheme gets green light

Harworth Group, the land and property regenerator, has received planning consent for 300 new homes and employment uses on brownfield land in Derbyshire.

South Derbyshire District Council granted consent for up to 300 homes, a local centre, over 150,000 sq ft of employment space for a range of uses and new areas of public open space and landscaping on the 53-acre former coal and clay workings site in Woodville.

The site is owned by Beepart Ltd, with Harworth promoting the site on its behalf through a Planning Promotion Agreement (PPA). Pegasus Group provided planning advice on the application.

The site has been unlocked through the proposed development of the Woodville Regeneration Route which runs through the development.This route – to be delivered by Derbyshire County Council and its partners – has planning permission and will also provide better access to Swadlincote and traffic relief in Woodville, in particular at the A511/A514 ‘Clock Island’ junction when it is completed. Work on this road is proposed to begin later this year.

Harworth will now be responsible for undertaking the site’s remediation and restoration works, prior to the sale of serviced plots to housebuilders and commercial operators.

The Woodville site is the second major site Harworth has worked on in South Derbyshire. In nearby Swadlincote, Harworth is delivering Cadley Park – a 200-acre development of the former Cadley Hill Colliery. Taylor Wimpey and Avant Homes are building a combined 530 homes following their purchase of engineered land from Harworth, whilst the wider development includes a 9-hole golf course, a 9-hole family golf course, a driving range and a 50-acre Country Park that will deliver a range of new footpaths and cycleways to the public.

Peter Henry, regional director for Yorkshire & Central at Harworth Group, said: “This is another excellent result for the business, bringing a future to another key East Midlands brownfield site. Our focus now is on working with both Derbyshire County Council and South Derbyshire District Council to bring the first phases of the site to the market as soon as possible, delivering the economic benefits that we promised within the application.”

Joanne Neville, planning manager at Harworth Group, said: “We listened long and hard to local residents views when we consulted on the Woodville site in Summer 2019 and we have managed to design a development that fits their wishes – a site with a strong identity and sense of place whilst at the same time properly integrating with the existing community.”

Steve Lewis-Roberts, senior director at Pegasus Group, added: “I am delighted that planning permission has been granted for this major regeneration development. The proposals raised complex planning issues and it was a great team effort to successfully secure a planning permission.”