Thoresby Colliery homes given go-ahead

Thoresby Colliery
Thoresby Colliery

Up to 800 homes and a large business park are set to be built on the site of Nottinghamshire’s last deep mine.

Developer Harworth Group plc plans to transform the 450-acre former Thoresby Colliery site, near Edwinstowe, after it closed in July 2015.

Outline planning permission for the scheme has now been granted by Newark & Sherwood District Council.

The 25-acre business park will have 250,000 sq feet of employment space, which is expected to create up to 500 jobs.

The development will be on the site of the former pit yard and spoil heap at Thoresby Colliery,

The colliery closed in July 2015 after 90 years of mining and with the loss of more than 400 jobs.

It signalled the end of the deep coal industry in Nottinghamshire.

The first phase of development, of 150 homes, is expected to be ready for sale to housebuilders as serviced plots toward the end of 2018.

It is thought the whole development could take 10 years to complete – it will also include a retirement village, primary school and leisure facilities, as well as a 300-acre country park.

Homes will range from apartments and starter homes, through to five bedroom houses.

Access to the site will be from the A6075 Ollerton Road and highway improvements are being considered by Nottinghamshire County Council to improve the Ollerton roundabout which is often congested at peak times.

Mark Spencer, MP for Sherwood said: “It’s great news for the area and from what I’ve seen the plans are pretty good.

“Plans for 800 homes do bring their own challenges for infrastructure and schools, but the number of employment opportunities with 500 new jobs is a reason to celebrate.”

Mr Spencer said he would support plans to tackle traffic problems caused by any new development.

He said: “I have been meeting with Nottinghamshire County Council and Newark and Sherwood council regarding the challenges to infrastructure, including those at Ollerton roundabout.”

“Hopefully plans can be drawn up to increase the capacity for traffic and I have written to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to ask him to support this.”

Mr Sherwood said he would like to see a road built through the development giving access to the new Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre.

He said: “I would like to see another access point to the visitor’s centre and for traffic to be directed away from the Edwinstowe crossroads.”