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.
Earthworks and infrastructure to facilitate the sale of the first two phases of serviced land to housebuilders started in in 2018/19. It is expected that the first housebuilders will be on site in Q1 2020. These works also include the improvements to the existing central spine road entrance from Ollerton Road.
Two of 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 leisure uses as part of the new community centre.
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. The redevelopment of the site will also help to support the existing services and facilities in Edwinstowe and Ollerton.