Revamp of former pit site moves step closer

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PLANS have now been submitted by Harworth Estates, the property arm of UK Coal, to build up to 1,200 houses on the former Rossington pit in Doncaster.

The site is next to Doncaster’s proposed Inland Port, which has recently been given planning permission, and will be accessed by a link road coming off the wider Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) road.

As well as new houses, if the development is given the go-ahead the site will become home to a food store, a community building, a hotel, a fast food restaurant, a pub and land for a new primary school.

Tim Love, strategic land director of Harworth Estates, said yesterday: “Harworth Estates has worked hard since the closure of the colliery to bring forward the beneficial re-use of the site.

“The project is an integral part in delivering FARRRS and provides significant regeneration benefits to Rossington community.

“Harworth Estates will be working in close partnership with Doncaster Council, and other private sector contributors, and are looking forward to their continual involvement to ensure delivery over the next 15 years.”

Rossington colliery closed in 2007 and the site has laid derelict since.

A spokesman for planning and design consultancy Spawforths, which has drawn up the plans, said yesterday that the development will be a “major catalyst for regeneration and investment.”

Adrian Spawforth, project architect and managing director of Spawforths, added: “The project forms part of the ambitious regeneration aspirations for this area of Doncaster, and it is a fundamental element of those plans, not least given its relationship physically and financially to the new FARRRS road scheme, which is being driven forward at significant speed.”

The site previously formed part of the now-shelved eco-town proposals for Rossington.