UK’s last deep coal mine to become business park
Developer Harworth Group has secured the resolution to grant planning consent from Selby District Council to redevelop the former Kellingley Colliery site in North Yorkshire.
The colliery was the last deep coal mine in the UK and closed in December 2015. Harworth took control of the site in March 2016, and says it wants to return it back to beneficial use to replace the jobs lost when mining ended.
Harworth has spent the last 12 months undertaking site safety and security works, including demolishing redundant industrial structures, alongside master planning Kellingley for future employment uses.
Harworth Group Chief Executive Owen Michaelson said: “We’re delighted to have received the support of Selby District Council for our scheme that will make a significant contribution to Yorkshire’s economy.
“We’re fully committed to creating a first-class commercial centre that is likely to provide at least several hundred jobs in accordance with local planning policy, replacing the jobs lost when the Colliery closed its doors in 2015.”
Leader of Selby District Council, Councillor Mark Crane, added: “This is a key development site for our district and crucial for the delivery of our Economic Development Strategy.