HCA secures approval for Forest of Dean employment space

Outline applications to build 11,000 square metres of new employment space on former a colliery site in the Forest of Dean have been approved by councillors.

Forest of Dean District Council’s planning committee yesterday approved housing and regeneration quango the Homes & Communities Agency’s applications to redevelop the former Northern United Colliery site.

The HCA’s application for the 3.9-hectare former Northern United Colliery site proposes the demolition of all existing buildings on the site and the erection of up to 11,000 square metres of new industrial floorspace, including nearly 40 business units. Full planning permission was also granted to create an improved entrance to the site from the A4136.

The application also provides for the provision of class D1 uses “in order that tourist/heritage-related activities can be provided and which celebrate the mining heritage of the site and surrounding area”, an officer’s report to the committee says.

The report recommended that permission be granted, subject to the completion of a section 106 planning gain agreement including measures to protect species of newt, dormice, bat and reptiles.


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