The 31 hectare former Prince of Wales colliery site, adjoining the M62 at Junction 32, was producing 1.5 million tonnes of coal a year until 2002. We are now regenerating the site into a mixed-use development with housing, employment opportunities and a range of benefits for local people.
We received planning consent from Wakefield Council in December 2013 to turn the former pityard into a new development comprising 917 homes and 21,500 sq. m of employment development, along with retail units, cafes, a medical centre, community centre, nursery and parkland.
Remediation of the site began in December 2013 and Phase 1 infrastructure work completed at the end of December 2014. This was supported by a £1.95m Growing Places Fund loan from the Leeds City Region to speed up work.
Avant was selected as the first housebuilder for the scheme and they began building the first phase of 131 homes in January 2015. The first residents received their keys by the end of 2015. Harron Homes are also now on-site, building the first of 95 new homes. Completion of the full 917 home development, with all facilities, is anticipated to take around 8 to 10 years.
The former spoil heap next to the pit yard will become a new country park, providing new public open space for the community. Alongside nearby Pontefract Park and Pontefract Racecourse, this will provide an extremely attractive gateway into Pontefract. It also provides the engineered road corridor for the Northern link road, a central piece of infrastructure for the future growth of Pontefract which was completed in February 2015.