Annesley Colliery, Nottinghamshire

Client: Speculative development
Location: Hucknall Road, Annesley, Nottinghamshire
Brief: Change of use from employment to residential

The 3.15ha southern half of Annesley Colliery had been disused since the mines closed in December 2000.

The site was subsequently allocated for employment use, but with the economic climate having changed significantly, by 2011 there was little prospect of it being developed in this way.

Merriman had remediated the northern half of the site through 2008 to spring 2010 ready for residential use. The project provided an attractive opportunity for house-builders, and this land is now being developed by Persimmon Homes.

Meanwhile, Merriman was continuing to work with Ashfield District Council, negotiating a strong case for changing the use of the southern half of the site from employment to residential.

Outline planning permission for 124 homes was granted for the southern half of the site in November 2011 and remediation of the land ready for construction was carried out and completed on time, at the end of 2012.

2014 Update

Persimmon Homes purchase approximately 10 acres of land at Annesley, Nottinghamshire for the construction of 124 homes.

Merriman secured planning permission for a change of use from employment to residential on the former Annesley Colliery Site.

The land was sold fully remediated and certified by WYG as fit for use.

Merriman Ltd provided a foundation solution that allowed construction to start on site as soon as the reserved matters were agreed.

Key points:

  • We negotiated the best strategic use of land in an area affected by the current economic situation and that has an identified housing requirement.
  • We used our expertise in the planning process to work closely with the local authority and draw up an agreement that is attractive to the planners, community and future developer.
  • Our collaborative approach with Ashfield District Council helped to secure a smooth planning process, and Merriman was praised by planning for its conduct.
  • Achieved abnormal cost savings of estimated £250k – on foundations, gas protection and water drainage

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