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Yorkshire colliery's regeneration plans approved

Selby District Council has approved plans by Harworth Group to transform a former Yorkshire colliery into a new business park.

The plans for Kellingley Colliery, which until it closed in 2015 was the last working deep coal mine in the country, would see the 20 ha site close to the M62 transformed into a mixed-use scheme that could provide up to 1.5m sq ft of manufacturing and distribution space and cater for 2,900 jobs.

The scheme is estimated to have an economic benefit of approximately £200m.

Harwoth bought the site in March 2016 and a public consultation on the plans was launched in September with an outline planning application now approved for the site.

Harworth chief executive Owen Michaelson said: “We’re delighted to have received the support of Selby District Council for our scheme that will make a significant contribution to Yorkshire’s economy.

“We’re fully committed to creating a first-class commercial centre that is likely to provide at least several hundred jobs in accordance with local planning policy, replacing the jobs lost when the Colliery closed its doors in 2015.”

Selby District Council leader cllr Mark Crane added: “This is a key development site for our district and crucial for the delivery of our Economic Development Strategy. It has the potential to create significant new jobs and bring in a huge amount of new investment.

“It benefits from the things that make our district a great place to do business, including fantastic transport connections, affordable business space and being supported by a skilled local workforce; all located right at the heart of Yorkshire.

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