THE sprawling site of the borough’s last super pits is to be transformed by hundreds of new homes and community facilities.
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 the last tub of coal was wound at the three-mine linked complex in Plank Lane.
It has named - in conjuction with council chiefs -construction giant Taylor Wimpey as the preferred developer to undertake re-development of Bickershaw South into a mixed-use scheme.
And around 500 homes - open market and affordable - will achieve the environmentally green standard of Level Four accreditation under the pioneering Code for Sustainable Homes scheme which will make sure that each property is ultra sustainable.
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 10,000 square feet of other development included a community building, cafe, retail units and the already dug and filled canal boat marina which can 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: “It will transform the former colliery site into an attractive canal side housing development”.