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Work to start on £19m colliery site

A former colliery site in Lancashire is to be regenerated as part of the Homes and Communities Agency’s National Coalfields Programme.

The HCA has given the green light for a new spine road to be built to the former Bickershaw Colliery site in Leigh and for reclamation work to begin.

The colliery closed in 1992, but now the land, which is owned by the Northwest Regional Development Agency, will be transformed using £19.14 million offering “a major boost to the economy of Leigh”.

As part of the long-term Bickershaw South project 650 new homes will be built on the land, a 40-berth canal-boat marina and 28,000 sq ft of employment space, including bars and restaurants.

Later phases of the plans include a country park, 18-hole golf course, driving range and an outdoor activity centre at Bickershaw North, known as The Rushes.

NWDA chief executive Steven Broomhead said: “With the release of this funding, we will be able to fully develop the site and create an attractive prospect at Bickershaw for future private investors.”