Investigation into sale of council land

Police have been called in to investigate a controversial land sale after members at North East Derbyshire District Council voted in favour of an enquiry.

Land in Mickley to the south of Chesterfield was sold to a developer in 2006 for eighty thousand pounds. A year later it was sold on for a profit of over half a million pounds.

Residents and some councillors have battled since then to find out why the land was sold for what they believe was a below the market valuation.

Councillor Barry Lewis is from North East Derbyshire District Council.