Thursday, May 8, 2008

News: Breath of fresh air for new development plans


Environmental and ecology proposals included in plans to transform a former coke works and mining site in South Yorkshire, have been welcomed by residents in Brinsworth as a breath of fresh air. UK Coal's plans for the redevelopment of Waverley in Rotherham into a sustainable high density mixed use community, including approximately 4,000 houses, community facilities and green areas have been on display in nearby communities. Brinsworth residents, Jean and Peter Jepson say the plans will provide better green space. Jean said: “We lived here when it was a coke plant. When they burnt the coal at the plant it often smelt like sulphur because of the chemicals, it wasn’t good for the environment, or very pleasant. “When I saw the plans at a consultative meeting I was impressed, especially with the planned green spaces. “Plus, the effort that UK Coal is making with catering for wildlife is great, it will be really lovely to live so close to green spaces like this, it’ll be like living in the country.” The newly remediated and restored site aims to achieve zero carbon emissions and become an example of sustainable development. It will feature re-aligned watercourses and sustainable urban drainage swales and channels, a detention reservoir comprising three lakes with wetland areas.
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