News: 29 November 2016Plans submitted for employment park at former colliery

Leading planning & design consultancy Barton Willmore have this week submitted an outline planning application for a new employment business park at the former Kellingley Colliery site on behalf of regeneration company Harworth Group plc.

Hundreds of new jobs could be created on the site as part of a regeneration project that was revealed to the public as part of a recent consultation programme.

The 64-hectare site lies 2.5km to the east of Knottingley and adjacent to the village of Kellingley.  The submitted planning application proposes up to 95,000 sq. metres of new employment space.

Following Kellingley Colliery’s closure in December 2015, Harworth took over the ownership of the site in March 2016 with the aim of returning it back to beneficial use to replace the jobs lost when mining ended.

Public consultation on the plans took place in September, with sessions held at Knottingley Town Hall and Eggborough Village Hall for residents, local businesses and councillors to see the plans. Following the consideration of feedback, an outline planning application was submitted on Friday 11 November, with the application likely to be determined in the first Quarter of 2017.

Claire Kent, Planning Director in Barton Willmore’s Leeds office said: “Given its existing infrastructure and highly sustainable location, this is an exciting and significant opportunity to redevelop the site that will replace employment lost when the mine closed late last year and aligns with Selby’s economic growth ambitions.”

Iain Thomson, Harworth group partnerships and communications manager, said: “We are highly experienced in regenerating former industrial sites and over the last year we have worked closely with Selby District Council and other key stakeholders to move plans forward.  Our overriding priority is to bring good-quality jobs back to the area.”

Barton Willmore are providing planning and landscape planning services.


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