Thursday, August 21, 2008

News: Plans for Waverley development submitted


Multi million pound proposals for South Yorkshire's largest ever brownfield development creating a new 4,000 home community across 741 acres at Waverley have been submitted to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. The plans by UK Coal would transform a former coke works and mining site near Catcliffe in Rotherham, which covers an area bigger than Sheffield city centre, into a high quality residential and employment site. UK Coal's property division, Harworth Estates, and planners Atisreal have worked with the local communities to bring the masterplan to the public via consultation sessions and have now submitted an outline planning application. Tim Love, Harworth Estates' development director said: "This submission, which is the culmination of 15 years of preparatory work, aims to provide major economic benefits to South Yorkshire and if successful, will create a unique, sustainable development on a historic, fully restored former mine site. "The proposal would transform this area with a mainly industrial past to a modern 21st century development that will benefit thousands of local people in terms of providing new affordable housing, employment opportunities, schools and leisure facilities." The 20 year scheme is aimed at creating an 9,000-strong community including two schools, shops, bars, restaurants and a stunning waterside frontage onto three man-made lakes. Public open space is also a key feature. A separate planning application by Helical Governetz for a large office development for government workers alongside the Highfield Commercial and Advanced Manufacturing Park is also proposed. UK Coal recently gained planning approval for a brownfield development at the former Prince of Wales Colliery in Pontefract.


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