Pledge made to create a landmark development

Bickershaw Colliery
Bickershaw Colliery

HUNDREDS of new homes and community facilities are set to transform the sprawling site of the borough’s last super-pits.

The Government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) confirmed today that the final piece in the restoration jigsaw has fallen into place 24 years after Bickershaw Colliery closed.

It has named - in conjuction with council chiefs - construction giant Taylor Wimpey as the preferred developer to undertake redevelopment of Bickershaw South into a mixed-use scheme. The project will see the 18-hectare site used for almost 500 open market and affordable homes.

All are set to achieve the environmentally green standard of Level Four accreditation under the pioneering Code for Sustainable Homes scheme.

Bickershaw South has already won an award before a single brick has been laid or foundation footing dug for alleviating potential flood risk in future.

It also includes more than 10,000ft sq of other development included a community building, cafe, retail units along with the completiton of the already dug and filled canal boat marina so that it is able to accommodate more than 40 narrow boats.

Building bosses say that it will take at least eight years to complete the scheme, with planning applications due to be submitted later this summer and the completion of the first phase of the homes by summer 2014.

Head of planning and transport at the council, Mike Worden said today Bickershaw was a “really important” regeneration project form the authority and it was keen for it to progress.

He said: “It will transform the former colliery site into an attractive canalside housing development. It will provide new market and affordable homes, create new jobs and complement other new developments in and around the area and we are looking forward to working with Taylor Wimpey to bring this site forward.”