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Redevelopment of former Leicestershire colliery green-lit

Words: Laura Edgar
Former colliery Snibston / Ashley Dace

North West Leicestershire District Council’s (NWLDC) planning committee has approved an application to redevelop the former Snibston colliery site on Ashby Road in Coalville.

The approval is in line with the recommendation from the planning officer.

Leicestershire County Council (LCC) closed the visitor attraction in 2015 to save money, despite campaigners fighting to keep it open.

The museum has since been demolished.

Outline permission was granted for up to 144 homes on 5.8 hectares to the west of the site.

The approved application also includes extending the Century Theatre to create a café, visitors centre and an office for rangers, as well as play facilities.

The colliery’s historic pithead buildings will remain on the site to form part of a heritage trail.

The county council has also submitted a separate application to create a new cycle link and footpath from the colliery site to the centre of Coalville along a former railway line.

The county council has been asked to contribute around £750,000 towards services, including healthcare and education.

David Stevenson, chair of the planning committee, said: “We value the heritage of Coalville’s mining past and are pleased to be able to support the development that will not only protect the monuments and listed buildings on the site, but will provide a country park and links to the town centre. We look forward to the development, which will continue Coalville’s urban renaissance.”

The land will now be sold to a developer.

Image credit | Ashley Dace