Housebuilding to begin at last on old mine site

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WORK is to begin this summer on the first of thousands of new homes being created on the former Orgeave mining and industrial site.

The 741 acres of land, between Sheffield and Rotherham, are being transformed into a new township called Waverley.

In total, 4,000 houses are being built in phases, with 7,000 jobs created during the construction process.

An initial 250 properties is to be created by Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire, Barratt Homes and Harron Homes - with further homes to be built in a second phase which is expected to begin in 2014.

Taylor Wimpey has named its initial development, off Highfield Spring, Catcliffe, The Banks, in honour of Gordon Banks, goalkeeper in the England 1966 World Cup team. He worked as a coal bagger on the site and also played for the colliery football team.

Ann Bagshaw, Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire’s regional sales and marketing manager, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Barratt Homes and Harron Homes on Harworth Estates’ Waverley development to deliver an exciting new community to the Yorkshire region.

“We have already received a flurry of interest in the development which we are expecting to grow as the local community witnesses the development come to life.”

The Banks will feature homes with two, three, four and five bedrooms.

Waverley is being built on land owned by Harworth Estates, the property company of UK Coal.

The new township is to feature amenities including shops, restaurants, schools, leisure facilities, health and community centres.

Public open space is also a key feature of the proposals with almost half the site being made up of open space, woodland and three man-made lakes.

Around 9,000 people are expected to live at the new township once it is completed.

Harworth Estates said building will be phased over a 20-year period with a range of homes being built each year ‘to allow a gradual influx of people, minimising the impact on infrastructure’.