A FORMER landfill less than five miles from Ilkeston could provide hundreds of jobs for the area, it was revealed this week.
The new owners of the 45-acre Mushroom Farm site in Eastwood have hinted at plans to build a distribution centre within the next 12 months, similar to recent huge developments off the M1 which are to employ hundreds.
Broxtowe Borough Council has said it is too early to say, but it would be interested in seeing a mix of housing and industry on the site off Greenhills Road.
West Midlands-based IM Properties, which bought the site from BGL Landfill for an undisclosed sum, said there is room for up to one million sq ft of distribution space.
A similar sized development for Marks and Spencer in Castle Donington is set to provide hundreds of jobs when it opens next year.
Development manager Kevin Ashfield said the Eastwood site had been purchased due to its ‘prime location’ just off the A610 and near junction 26 of the M1.
It also has had outline planning permission for various uses, including industrial and storage since 2002.
“There is growing demand for larger design and build requirements due to the lack of available space capable of offering larger buildings,” he explained.
“We are intending to implement works to provide the site infrastructure to enable us to deliver a bespoke building within 12 months.”
Leader of Broxtowe Borough Council Cllr Milan Radulovic said that the site was one of two sites the Co-operative Group considered before settling on South Normanton, at junction 28 of the M1, for its 480,000 sq ft distribution centre, which is hoped to employ 900 people.
“I think what they are looking at here is a mixed use site with smaller units,” he said.
“We will give this careful thought, considering the pressures on greenbelt we are faced with for housing at the moment.
“Jobs are imperative. We have got to set aside space for expansion when this country gets out of recession.
“Young people need jobs and this site is a good opportunity to address that.”
He said that IM Properties is asking Broxtowe Borough Council to upgrade existing planning permission to create better access to the A610.