Green light for former Vesuvius site

Bassetlaw District Council’s Planning Committee has given the green light for development to start on the former Vesuvius Site in Worksop, which will bring around 200 jobs thanks to a new Asda store and filling station, and the potential for further major investment in the site.

Property developer and investor CEG have this week announced that Worksop is finally going to benefit from a huge new gateway development at their Vesuvius site on Sandy Lane, following years of complications with the development.

Terms have now been agreed for Asda to deliver a new food store together with petrol filling station.  CEG will oversee an immediate initial investment of some £5million on infrastructure to provide access to the site, delivering a major new roundabout and remediating the contaminated land for Asda’s development. Work is programmed to commence in late spring 2018.

Cllr Jo White, Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “After many years of speculation and frustration, it is extremely pleasing to see that things are finally starting to happen on the former Vesuvius site. This development will bring additional jobs and investment to the district, as well as greater choice for residents wishing to shop in Worksop. It will also kick-start further development of a site that has been an eyesore for quite some time. This is an extremely exciting time and I look forward to seeing work start on a new Asda store later this year, as well as further announcements from CEG on potential retail and leisure opportunities for this site.”

David Hodgson, regional head of strategic development at CEG, said: “This is incredibly exciting news. The market has been very challenging with little significant new development of any kind, not least retail. We have worked tirelessly for a number of years to ensure that Asda can still invest in Worksop and Bassetlaw District Council has now helped to unlock this site, creating hundreds of new jobs and new facilities for the town.

“This is a major shot in the arm for the local economy, creating jobs in the new store as well as construction and apprenticeship opportunities. This, together with future phases on the site, will unlock even more employment and community benefits.

“We still need to remediate the additional land behind the Asda site and will continue to work closely with D2N2, the Local Enterprise Partnership, and Bassetlaw Council to look at how we can bring forwards the remainder of the development, including a further 300,000 sq ft of employment generating space on the site.”

Today’s decision ensures that Asda will now be able to take control of the phase one land and start construction of a 70,000 sq ft foodstore, along with a petrol filling station. The development is targeted to complete in late 2019 and will create around 200 new jobs. Asda expects to begin recruitment next year.

Alan Jones, Senior Communications Manager at Asda, said: “We’re incredibly excited to begin construction on our new Worksop store which, once open, will provide a fantastic range of products at Asda’s famously low prices.  We look forward to welcoming all of our new colleagues and customers and becoming a part of the local community.”

(Pictured is Cllr Jo White, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and David Hodgson,
Regional Head of Strategic Development - North for CEG, outsite the former Vesuvius site)

Published: Wednesday 14 February 2018