Harworth: Company deals helping to regenerate area

The former Harworth colliery
The former Harworth colliery

A company has signed two key deals which will help to support efforts to regenerate Harworth and Bircotes.

Harworth Estate, a property regeneration company, has sold land to Jones Homes so work can start on the first phase of a housing development and let a manufacturing unit to RS Motorhomes at Harworth Business Park.

At the former Harworth Colliery site off Scrooby Road, Jones Homes will begin remediation work on site next month before building 118 houses. The advanced infrastructure and drainage contract was completed by Harworth Estates in the summer.

Within the development, Harworth Estates has also donated land to Harworth and Bircotes Town Council to enable further important public realm improvements along Scrooby Road, building on the previous initiatives of the Town Council.

June Evans, chairman of Harworth and Bircotes Town Council, said: “We welcome the proposed build of new houses. It signals the beginning of growth and further regeneration in the town.

“Additionally, the donation of land has enabled the build of a new Town Hall, the Sure Start building and improvements to the public realm off Scrooby Road to make Harworth a more attractive place to live. We see this development as key to putting Harworth & Bircotes on the map.”

The new Jones Homes development forms part of a wider programme by Harworth Estates of opening up land for employment and residential use at the former colliery.

The first phase involved the development of an Asda superstore in October 2012, creating 80 new local jobs. Future phases will see a further 878 new homes built.

The masterplan for the site allows for the re-opening of Harworth Colliery or the development of 800,000 sq ft of employment space, if new investors for the colliery cannot be found.

“We are delighted that Jones Homes are investing in the site and providing a range of quality homes, signalling another important step in realising the wider masterplan” said Tim Love, director of strategic land at Harworth Estates.

“This is the eighth housing outlet to be opened up on our land in the past three years, showing our determination and commitment to help regenerate the communities in which we operate.”

At Harworth Business Park, Harworth Estates has agreed a letting of a 50,000 sq ft manufacturing unit to RS Motorhomes, which builds luxury motorhomes, to assist its expansion.