Green light given for Harworth’s North Gawber development

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Harworth Estates has received outline planning approval from Barnsley Council for a development of up to 325 homes at Mapplewell, Barnsley subject to a planning agreement.

The development will regenerate the former North Gawber Colliery, which closed in 1988. Harworth’s scheme includes a full remediation of the 40-acre site so that development platforms can be prepared for the building of the houses and a financial contribution towards future school places in the area.

Following approval Harworth will look to undertake the preparatory works, which will include carrying out cut-and-fill earthworks, treating previous coal workings and site remediation. These works will be completed before Harworth delivering the housing scheme in partnership with chosen housebuilders.

The development of the houses is expected to begin in 2015 and be completed in around five years.

Duncan Armstrong-Payne, Development Manager for Harworth Estates, said: “Following extensive discussions with Barnsley Council and the local community, we have obtained consent for a scheme that will deliver a range of much-needed, high-quality new homes for the area.”

Claire Kent, Planning Director for Barton Willmore who advised Harworth on their application, said “We are delighted that members overwhelmingly voted to approve this innovative scheme, which will deliver numerous benefits directly to the existing local community. These include a package of improvements to Mapplewell village centre, designed to enhance its character and vitality. ”