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Colliery site set for major redevelopment

Colliery site set for major redevelopment

Planning permission has been granted for a massive redevelopment of the site of the former Thoresby Colliery in Nottinghamshire.

Developer Harworth Group has gained outline planning permission to transform the site with the construction of 800 new homes and a business park at its heart.

Plans developed following a public consultation will see nearly three-quarters of the site become a country park, but the rest will be a mixture of residential and business development that will include a retirement village, leisure facilities, a primary school and 25,000 sq ft of employment space.

The latter will create an estimated 1,000 jobs, compared with the 400 lost when the mine closed in July 2015.

Under the plans, which were developed following a public consultation, space for the first 150 homes will be made available to housebuilders to develop by the end of next year. Overall, it will take ten years to complete the project. 

It is one of two schemes the company is undertaking, having secured planning permission earlier this month for the mixed-use redevelopment of the site of the former Alcan Rio Tinto Smelter in Northumberland.

Discussing these, chief executive of Harworth Owen Michaelson said: "The securing of these two major planning consents underlines the success of our management-led milestone delivery business model and further underpins our confidence in achieving year end results in line with expectations."

The company acquired the mine shortly after its 90-year working life ended, spending the intervening two years developing and consulting on the plans while carrying out work to demolish existing old structures and make the site safe.

A number of locations around the country have housing that is vulnerable to old mine workings beneath them. In some cases, such as houses above the Cheshire salt mines, construction using steel frames has been necessary to maintain the integrity of the structures in the event of subsidence.

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