Application submitted to transform the last phase of Sherwood Colliery into housing

Former Sherwood Colliery site adjacent to Debdale Lane, which has an application for 90 new homes.
Former Sherwood Colliery site adjacent to Debdale Lane, which has an application for 90 new homes.

A MAJOR proposal to build 90 new homes on the site of the former Sherwood Colliery has been submitted for planning permission.

Bellway Homes are looking to build a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes on the Mansfield Woodhouse site as part of the final phase of the old colliery’s redevelopment, and want to have the first units completed by June next year.

The 2.8 hectares of reclaimed colliery spoil and derelict coalmining land runs adjacent to Debdale Lane had originally been earmarked for employment use, but Beltway is arguing that no serious interest has been shown for the site since 2005 and has stood underdeveloped for over 10 years.

They claim a surplus of employment land exists already in the Mansfield area, and building the homes would create significant, albeit temporary, employment in construction.

The report from Bellway reads: “The loss of site from employment use would enable the creation of housing at a time where there is a Government drive to Get Britain Building.

“The site is utilising land which is currently not fit for purpose for it proposed use and is in a sustainable location with good accessibility to local services and facilities.

“The land is not of a nature for modern employment uses due to its location.”

As part of the plans, they hope to build a mixed of detached, semi and terraced homes, in various styles, with associated parking spaces. In accordance with Mansfield District Council affordable housing regulations, 18 of the 90 will be offered for rent or as shared ownership.

A children’s play area is also planned on the site, while a turn-right access road is pencilled in from the main access route on Debdale Lane.

Hundreds of homes have been built in previous phases on the old colliery site, to which opposition has been flagged up by locals.

A date has yet to be set for when the latest application will go before Mansfield District Council’s planning committee.