Hundreds of houses and pub planned for former pit site

Yorkshire Main Colliery as is looked when it was still open
Yorkshire Main Colliery as is looked when it was still open

Hundreds of houses and a pub could be given planning permission tomorrow under plans to be discussed by Doncaster councillors.

Proposals drawn up by developer Harworth Estates, which will go before Doncaster Council planning committee, would see the construction of 375 houses, a pub and associated landscaping and public open space on part of the former Yorkshire Main colliery site in Edlington.

The colliery has been closed for around 20 years.

There were previously spoil heaps and railway sidings on the land at the centre of the development, together with an engine house.

It is understood that railway tracks and engine house were removed from the site in the 1980s.

During the mid-1990s, after the closure of the colliery, so called ‘tip washing ‘operations were used to recover coal from the site, before work started to reclaim the land.

Previously, planning permission was granted on the site in 2007 for a mixed use development comprising residential and employment schemes.

But due to not being able to gain any interest from prospective employment occupiers, developers have now applied to change the planning permission to gain the interest of housebuilders and kickstart the development.

A report which will go before councillors states: “The council’s investment team were consulted as part of this application, who confirmed that there was little interest in bringing forward the employment element of the proposal.

“Housebuilders were also reluctant to commit to the site as they would be reliant on a separate operator to carry out an amount of employment development before they could start work, which was seen as bringing an unacceptable level of risk. On this basis, the application was approved and the restrictive condition removed.”

Edlington Parish Council has raised concerns over the scheme generating more traffic in the area.

The report said parish councillors had said the proposed development would result in increased traffic on Lords Head Lane, which was a narrow road with no pedestrian facilities.

They also said the developer should help mitigate problems created as a result of the proposed development by making financial contributions towards safety measures on Lords Head Lane, the provision of additional school places and the provision of additional health facilities.

Council planning officers are recommending the scheme is given the go-head.

Their report says the site will help to deliver housing and bring about the regeneration of a brownfield site.

It also recommends conditions are attached to the plan involved working on the drainage of the site.

The scheme will be discussed tomorrow afternoon at the council’s Civic Offices on Waterdale.