Thursday, December 12, 2013

News: Harworth Estates commences Prince of Wales regeneration project

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Harworth Estates, the company created to realise the property assets of what was UK Coal, has begun development work at the former Prince of Wales Colliery site in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, having received detailed planning consent from Wakefield Council to create a sustainable mixed-use community.

Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, Harworth Estates is one of the largest landowners in the UK with access to over 30,000 acres of land. The 77-acre site, that covers both the former pit yard and the former spoil heap, is just one of its major schemes.

Harworth has been given consent for 917 homes and 230,000 sq ft of employment space, along with shops, cafes, a medical centre, a community centre, a nursery and parkland. At the spoil heap up to 2 million tonnes of coal is being extracted from the slurry lagoon, after which Harworth will create a new country park, access ways and footpaths.

Harworth is also collaborating at the site with Alkane Energy, the independent power generators, that is also generating energy from methane at Maltby in Rotherham.

The Prince of Wales site provides the road corridor for the proposed Northern Link Road, which will provide a gateway into Pontefract from the M62 and open up further space for residential and commercial development.

Owen Michaelson, Chief Executive at Harworth Estates, said: "We have extensive experience in delivering complex sustainable regeneration projects such as this and look forward to continuing our close working relationship with Wakefield Council to deliver a scheme which will be transformational for Pontefract.

"Providing almost 1000 homes and enabling further development of the Northern Link Road, the scheme will help stimulate further residential and commercial development, ensuring future economic growth in the area."

Harworth has also recently had plans approved for its Logistics North development located at the former Cutacre opencast coal mine site, which will provide 4 million sq ft of distribution and manufacturing space and a new country park on a 250-acre site at junction 4 of the M61 near Bolton. Infrastructure works are expected to commence in spring 2014.

At its Waverley site in Rotherham, plans for 85,000 sq ft of the R-evolution development are set for approval this week. The development includes high quality new business and manufacturing floorspace incorporating warehouse units and offices on the AMP.

Harworth Estates website

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