Harworth Group Given Permission to Develop Kellingley Colliery Site
It has been recently announced that the developers of the site of the former Kellingley Colliery have been given permission to develop the 151 acre site, near Pontefract. Work is expected to start in 2019 with firms already showing an interest into the site.
Harworth Group, the former property arm of UK Coal, believes the site could bring as much as £200m of benefit to the local economy. The firm is currently demolishing the former colliery which closed in 2015.
The company has said that they want to use local contractors with the redevelopment and hope to retain some sort of feature of the mine as a remark of respect and heritage to the site, which when it closed marked the end of deep coal mining in Britain.
Many firms have shown interest in the site, including an international firm with a rail requirement wanting a large tract of land. This interest was directed to the site by the Department of Trade. Harworth Group is also in talk with local estate agents and has already received interest from local companies. The group plans to offer different options for businesses. Some of the options are Harworth Group sell off parts of the site or they provide leasehold long-lease deals where they are the landlord. They also plan to do some of the development work themselves.
A major selling point of the site is that it is on the M62 corridor and is a stones throw away from where the A1 bisects the M62. It will benefit by having a good transport link to the ports of Hull and Liverpool and to the rest of the UK as well.
A Harworth Group spokesperson said “Yorkshire is our biggest market, we see massive opportunities and I think there is a vibrancy about Yorkshire”
“For us it is brilliant to bring forward sites, to bring forward effectively new communities, we are effectively making places that did not exist before.”
We reported in March about the redevelopment of the former Orgreave coking site in Sheffield, with firms such as McLaren and Boeing revealing plans to build factories on the site. The news of firms already showing an interest in Kellingley is great for the local community as well as Yorkshire. It shows that the former mines are once more providing jobs and career opportunities.
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