Demolition and clearance operations of the pit heads and infrastructure completed in Q2 2018, which included permanently filling and capping the two mine shafts. The restoration of the spoil heap, which commenced in 2016, is nearing completion with over half of this land now transformed to heathland that is consistent with the local landscape.
The former spoil heap – the highest vantage point for miles around and offering unrivalled panoramic views of Sherwood Forest – will be fully restored to create a 350-acre Country park, with multiple ecological habitats and significant areas of green infrastructure. It is expected that some areas of the Country Park will be open to the public by the end of 2021.
The original workshop buildings have been retained and will be restored in due course to maintain the heritage of the site and accommodate a range of community and leisure uses as part of the new local centre.
Earthworks and infrastructure to facilitate the sale of the first two phases (approx. 25 acres) of serviced land to housebuilders started in in 2018 in addition to improvements to the existing central spine road entrance from Ollerton Road. In 2019, Phase 1 was sold to Harron Homes to build the first 132 homes with construction works currently in progress.