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.
In 2019, Phase 1 was sold to Harron Homes to build the first 143 homes with construction works currently in progress and the first homes now in occupation. Towards the end of 2020, the next phase of land was sold to David Wilson Homes to build out 219 new homes with works set to start on site in 2021.
Harworth has also recently partnered with Nottinghamshire County Council and two local universities to trial a 5G Innovation hub on-site as part of a wider initiative for the neighbouring Sherwood Forest to become the World’s first 5G ‘Connected Forest’.