Harworth Group has sold the first plot of development land at the former Kellingley Colliery to CRT Property Developments Ltd, a subsidiary of The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, as part of the site’s long-term regeneration programme.
CRT Property Investments Ltd has acquired 3.04 acres that forms part of the main entrance to the site.
It plans to build small industrial units totalling 39,000 sq. ft to support the growth of small and medium sized businesses. Completion of the units is scheduled for September this year,
The deal forms part of Harworth’s transformation of the 151-acre former colliery site into a new development called Konect, which will offer 1.45m square feet of manufacturing and distribution space.
Kellingley's closure in 2015 marked the end of deep coal mining in Britain. At its peak, the colliery employed more than 2,000 workers. Harworth took over the ownership of the site in March 2016.
The company has demolished all the redundant industrial structures including the site’s two former pitheads. It received planning consent from Selby District Council for the redevelopment of the site in 2017 and intends to develop the site’s remaining land over the next decade to create several hundred jobs.
Shaun O’Brien, Property Investment and Development Director at the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, said: “We are committed to providing high quality industrial accommodation for SMEs in coalfield communities. These areas are often overlooked by traditional developers, yet we understand the importance of these neighbourhoods and the positive contribution they can make to the local and national economy.
“With the right support and assistance, we are happy to play our part in stimulating new industrial development at Kellingley.
"The development will provide much needed floor space to support the creation and safeguarding of much needed jobs and opportunities.
"We hope to replicate this development in many other coalfield areas. We are pleased that the land purchase has completed and we hope to work with Harworth again to secure further opportunities.”
Chris Davidson, Associate Director of Harworth’s Yorkshire and Central team, added: “This deal is excellent news for all parties, acting as the springboard to open up the site in both providing quality new jobs for local people in quality new spaces while creating a welcoming entrance to show that employment is coming back to Kellingley.
"The Konect redevelopment has enormous potential to support the rebalancing and decarbonisation of the UK economy and this deal will act as the catalyst to bring hundreds of new jobs back to site."