Woolworths site plans still in limbo

Former Woolworths which sits on Bath Street, Ilkeston
Former Woolworths which sits on Bath Street, Ilkeston

Plans to transform the eyesore former Woolworths store on Bath Street in Ilkeston’s into retail and residential units have been put on hold by its owners.

International Muslim charity, The World Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslim Communities, which is based in Middlesex, currently owns the building which has stood empty since closure in 2004.

It was donated to the charity, which aims to develop spiritual and vibrant communities serving humanity.

Plans to redevelop the existing site into six retail units and five flats above were submitted to and given the go-ahead by Erewash Borough Council in May 2012.

But a spokesman for the charity said there were currently no immediate plans for development.

He added: “We have made no clear decisions as of yet, although we are planning to put the property back on the market in the not too distant future and hope that someone will jump at the plans for the building.”

The hold on plans has created mixed reaction among Ilkeston residents.

Lead member for regeneration and planning at Erewash Borough Council, Cllr Geoffrey Smith, who wants to promote growth in small businesses and shops in the area , explained that there was not a lot that the council could do.

“It would be a great employment and re-development opportunity for Ilkeston if the building was bought and plans were followed through.”