375 homes set for Doncaster colliery site

Miners Strike March 3rd 1984'Pickets at Yorkshire Main Colliery, Edlington, Doncaster.
Miners Strike March 3rd 1984'Pickets at Yorkshire Main Colliery, Edlington, Doncaster.
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Planning permission paving the way for 375 houses and a pub on a former pit site has been given the go-ahead.

Doncaster councillors voted unanimously to approve outline permission for the development on part of the former Yorkshire Main Colliery site in Edlington.

Full planning permission was granted for temporary access to be created to make the site more attractive to potential housing developers.

Speaking at the planning meeting yesterday Tim Love, director at developer Harworth Estates, said the scheme would create 20 jobs at the pub.

He added: “We have received relatively few objections for a development of this size.”

Presenting the plans Mark Sewell, principal planning officer, told the committee planning permission was granted on the site in 2007 for residential and employment uses but failed to attract either.

After being unable to gain any interest from prospective employment occupiers, developers applied to change the planning permission to gain the interest of housebuilders and kickstart the development.

Mr Sewell added: “Housebuilders were 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.”

Edlington Parish Council 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.

Planning permission was approved subject to a number of requirements, including a construction traffic management plan to be agreed with the local highways authority before work starts on the site.

The first plots are expected to be ready by 2018.

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.