Harworth Estates’ planning application to build 1200 new homes on the former site of Rossington Colliery has been approved by Doncaster Borough Council. The first development is anticipated to start after the link road between FARRRS and West End Lane opens in 2014, beginning with the commercial elements such as the shop and pub/restaurant.
This is the final scheme to be approved which, along with Helios Inland Port and Peel’s development at Finningley (both consented), provides funding towards the construction of the FARRRS (Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme) road link to Doncaster Sheffield airport.
Rossington Colliery closed in 2007 and Harworth Estates has worked with Doncaster Council and local community organisations to promote a development which will both support the delivery of the new road that links Rossington to the M18 and provides other significant regeneration benefits.
Tim Love, director at Harworth Estates, explains: “This planning consent will complement the Helios employment development by providing new homes next to new jobs. There will be construction-related employment opportunities for the next 10-15 years as the development is built.
“The housing supports the continued regeneration of Rossington and meets the requirements of Doncaster Borough Council’s plans for this area. The settlement will not only benefit from the new homes, but also a new food store, hotel, pub/restaurant and land for a new primary school. There will also be a new children’s play area and access to further areas of public open space.
“Recycoal has commenced work to wash the former spoil heap which will be re-modelled and restored to provide further areas of open space which will be accessible to the community and provide a much-improved backdrop to the new housing development.
“We expect construction of the first phase of the new homes to begin once the spoil heap work is close to completion and the link road is built, sometime around 2015.”