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Planning permission has been granted for a new residential community in Church Gresley which will herald the regeneration of a 30 acre former clay works close to Swadlincote.

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, together with the site owner Beepart Ltd, has secured planning consent for more than 300 new two, three and four bedroom family houses, including some affordable housing.

The site will now be brought to market and sold to a housebuilder, which will deliver the much needed homes.

Julie Rossiter, senior asset manager at St. Modwen said: “We have brought our expertise in regenerating complex brownfield sites to the table and this residential led development will transform the redundant clay works into a vibrant part of the community.

“This will be a very accessible, high quality development that is close to existing homes, shops, schools, healthcare facilities and the countryside.”

The land is owned by Beepart Ltd, a subsidiary of Dyson Group PLC. Mark Lomas, property director at Dyson, continued: “We have secured planning consent for a desirable residential community and enhanced educational facilities for the village. Furthermore, up to 600 new jobs could be created during the construction programme.”

In responses to local residents’ requests made during a consultation process, St. Modwen and Beepart Ltd have provided a parcel of expansion land adjacent to St. George’s Primary School, to allow the school to improve its existing drop off/pick up area and enable its future growth.

The development will include new public open space and a children’s play area. Public transport amenities will be improved, including the provision of pedestrian and cycle routes to boost connectivity to surrounding areas.

St. Modwen undertook consultation with members of the community before submitting its planning application.