State France
Regional (NUTS III) hierarchical level Nord-Pas-de-Calais region
District level (LAU1) Pas-de-Calais
Municipality (LAU2) Béthune
Special administrative division – Canton Nœux-les-Mines
Connection to traffic network Connection to the highway E15

Main factors of successful redevelopment process

  • general localization (great localization in the north-eastern region in France, close to the border with UK, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany)
  • specific localization (edge of the city)
  • availability of financial incentives (EU funding system and local administrations)
  • place marketing (local development strategy, urban study)
  • ecological burden
  • price of the land
  • transport links (excellent connection to the highway network)

Brief description of site and current use

In the early 80’s Noeux-les-Mines municipality decided to regenerate the post-industrial sites, because they were spatially overlapped with the urban area. An urban regeneration plan has been carried out by the mayor of the town:

i. In 1990; a leisure park has been built in the site;

ii. In 1994, the nautical base was opened (22 hectares).

iii. In 1996 the skiing slope was opened (16.000 m² in area)

It can be used all the year and is the lowest skiing slope in France. Regarding the existing buildings and infrastructures, the coke plant and the infrastructures (roads, water, electric, sewerage networks etc) were completely destroyed. Only one tip was kept and remodelled to suit the future use which is a skiing slope.

The site is nowadays frequented by tourist and is considered to be one of the shining examples of brownfield renovation.

Original use – basic description

Original use Industrial  (coal mining area)
Area 200 ha
Type of site Industrial site

Current state – basic description

Current use Recreational area (leisure park, sport facilities, nautical base, skiing slope)
% of built-up area Less than 10 %
State of Environment After complete decontamination
New use from 1990
Total costs NO precise data available. Project still gets investments. Till now approx. 400 mil. euro invested
Owner of site Town hall of Noeux-les-Mines

Contact to stakeholders

Owner of site Town hall of Noeux-les-Mines
Local public administration

Mayor of Noeux-les-Mines: Monsieur Jacques VILLEDARY

Investors participating at redevelopment

The primary finances:
1. Feder (Fonds européen de développement regional)

2. Northern Regional Council Pas-de-Calais
tel:  33+(0)

3. Town of Noeux-les-Mines
NGOs No NGOs involved