Avenue Cokeworks MP Visit

The HCA reported the visit of Natascha Engel MP for North East Derbyshire to the site of the former Avenue Coking works and colliery in her constituency to see first-hand the successful clean up at what was once the most polluted site in England.

The Avenue is beyond the half-way point in a 6 year programme to remove the pollution on the site and create an area that will provide both new homes and landscaped areas for everyone to enjoy.

The clean-up operation through the contractors on site VSD is expected to come to an end in 2015 and a 28 ha site will then be developed to provide new homes for local people. In order to provide new houses, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) will be consulting local people on plans before submitting an outline planning application in March for a mix of family and first time buyer homes.

Natascha Engel MP for North East Derbyshire said:

“I have really enjoyed seeing the work that is taking place at the Avenue which has been a major eye sore locally and the progress on cleaning the site is very impressive and I look forward to coming back when the work has been completed. It is remarkable how the team at the Avenue is managing to create a future for such a polluted site. ”

Rob Pearson, Head of Area at the HCA added:

“It has been great to show Natascha Engel and Council leaders round the project which continues to make great progress in removing the problems of the past – we can now look forward to leaving local people with a clean and safe neighbourhood with opportunities for living and leisure replacing what was once one of the most polluted sites in the UK.”

Jim McNeilly, VSD’s Joint Venture Board Chairman for the contractors on site said:

“We are very pleased with the progress which has been made on site and are looking forward to the completion of the remediation works in 2015. The Site has been operated with paramount importance placed on the health and safety of our workforce and our neighbours, whilst dealing with the challenging environmental issues faced on-site.”

The HCA will submit an outline planning application to North East Derbyshire District Council for the future of the Avenue in March 2013 with local consultation following on from last year’s consultation on the wider design principles.

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