Forming part of Harworth Group’s ‘Major Projects’ portfolio, the Prince of Wales site is a regionally significant scheme that will deliver 917 new homes, in addition to a range of new amenities for the local community.
SITE OVERVIEW & VISION
The former Prince of Wales Colliery site was producing 1.5 million tonnes of coal per year up until its closure in 2002 and subsequent land sale to Harworth Group. The 31-hectare site, adjoining the M62 at Junction 32, is now being regenerated in to a residential-led scheme with a range of benefits for local people.
In December 2013, we received planning consent from Wakefield Council to turn the former pit yard in to a new development comprising 917 homes and 21,500 sq mtrs of employment development, alongside a range of retail units, cafes, a medical centre, community centre, nursery and parkland.
In 2018, due to the lack of demand for employment and retail on this site, planning permission was granted for further housing to replace the consented employment space and it is now part of our vision in bringing forward the neighbouring Monkhill Triangle site to include a local centre with medical and retail facilities in that location.
TRANSFORM, REGENERATE, REVITALISE
Remediation of the site began in December 2013 with Phase 1 infrastructure work completing 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.
The former spoil heap next to the pit yard has been transformed and will become a new country park, providing a new public open space for the community. Alongside nearby Pontefract Park and Pontefract Racecourse, this will provide an extremely attractive gateway into Pontefract. The site 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.
Ben Bailey Homes (now Avant Homes) was selected as the first housebuilder for the scheme and they began building the first phase of 131 homes in January 2015. This was followed closely by the sale of the second phase to Harron Homes to build out 95 new homes. Both phases are now complete with approximately 220 residents now living on the development.
The third Phase (Parcel 4) comprising 89 Homes was sold to Harron Homes at the end of 2016. The scheme is progressing quickly with a strong sales rate.
The fourth Phase (Parcel 3) and fifth phase (Parcel 6a), comprising 83 Homes on each parcel are in legals and targeted to be sold in Summer 2018 and the end of 2018 respectively.
OPPORTUNITIES & ENQUIRIES
By the end of 2018, Phase 5 (approximately 80 Units) will represent the last opportunity to purchase a housing phase at our Prince of Wales scheme. It is anticipated that this parcel will be brought to market towards the end of 2019 or in early 2020. Please direct any interest to the agents listed.