A new supermarket for Ilkeston was given the go ahead last night (Wednesday), bringing with it a vow that the future of education in the town has been secured.
The new Morrison’s, set to be built on the site of Derby College’s Field Road campus, is set to provide 350 to 400 new jobs for Ilkeston.
It was described by head of planning at Erewash Borough Council Steve Birkinshaw as a decision ‘on which the fate of a whole town depends’.
Planners had recommended the plan should be refused on the grounds that it would have an adverse effect on Ilkeston town centre.
After a heated debate, councillors voted 12 to 1 in favour of the plan, which also includes 39 homes, a petrol station and a new roundabout on Nottingham Road to access the 65,000 sq ft store.
Derby College had previously told the Advertiser that its plan to build a new state-of-the-art college campus on the site of the old Ilkeston Magistrates Court would not happen without the cash from the supermarket plan.
Corporate director Nigel Gell said the college’s new campus would secure the future of further education in the town and revitalise the town centre with up to 800 students and 200 teachers.
But those against the proposal last night argued that a new supermarket so close to the town centre would take trade away from town centre businesses.
For full reaction to the news look out for updates on this website and in next week’s paper.