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St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, has started work to redevelop its 204 acre site near Clay Cross in South Derbyshire.

A new pavilion and adjacent sports facilities represents the first phase of work at the site, which forms part of an ambitious plan to transform the area into a high quality mixed use development.

The pavilion will be on the home ground for a local cricket club and two local football clubs, who are already using the sports facilities at the site and who will, once construction is complete, benefit from modern accommodation comprising 1,900 sq ft of space, to include changing rooms, social areas and a place to store equipment.

Situated south of Chesterfield, St. Modwen bought the Clay Cross site in July, and have set about undertaking a review of its current masterplan, which presently incorporates up to 980 new homes, 270,000 sq ft of employment space, a hotel and a local centre.

The site comprises three areas, the former Biwater Pipework, land off Derby Road and the former Egstow Quarry, the latter being the location of the new pavilion and sports pitches.

St. Modwen is also in talks with a number of potential occupiers for the site, including two national house builders, a budget food store, a family orientated public house and a hotel operator, with further announcements expected in the next few months,.

David Dodge, senior residential development surveyor at St. Modwen said: “We’re really pleased to have commenced work on the first phase of development at Clay Cross. The site represents a significant opportunity for St. Modwen, to create a sustainable, mixed use environment that provides residential accommodation and employment opportunities for local people as well as community facilities.”

Work on the new facilities is expected to take around eight months to complete.