Ex-colliery site a step closer to major overhaul

A miner at Ellington Colliery on the day that it was announced that the colliery was to close in January 2005.
A miner at Ellington Colliery on the day that it was announced that the colliery was to close in January 2005.

A new bid for housing and retail provision on the former Ellington Colliery site is a step closer to fruition.

Harworth Estates Ltd’s outline application for up to 400 homes and a small-scale convenience store (up to 350 square metres) was given the go-ahead by members of Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee on Tuesday.

The existing business centre will be retained as part of the proposal, with a scheme of works identified to improve the facilities on offer.

Full plans for two full-sized football pitches (FA standard) and a smaller pitch, which will be used by Ellington Juniors Football Club, were also approved.

A previous masterplan for the land received planning permission a few years ago. It envisaged 300 houses, offices and work spaces for small and medium-sized businesses and community facilities, but the applicant said it had to review the scheme because it was not currently viable.

Agent Alastair Willis said: “The increase in dwellings from the previous scheme reflects the current need for new housing in the area.”

Ellington and Linton Parish Council had objected to the new proposals.