An application to develop the former Snibston colliery site and country park was permitted by North West Leicestershire (NWL) District Council (DC) Planning Committee on Wednesday 9 May 2018.
NWL DC writes:
The permission includes full plans to extend the Century Theatre to create a café, visitors’ centre and rangers’ office, as well as outline plans to build up to 144 new homes on 5.8 hectares to the west of the site. Leicestershire County Council (LCC), which owns the land, has developed the £1.7 million proposal. New car parking, a heritage trail, mountain bike trails and play facilities will be provided as part of the scheme. The proposed access to the site is via Chiswell Drive.
LCC has also submitted a separate application to create a new cycle link and footpath from the Snibston site to the centre of Coalville, along the former railway. North West Leicestershire District Council’s Planning Committee voted in favour of allowing the development to go ahead. The application received the support of the Coalville Heritage Society and received eight objections.
Speaking about the decision, Chair of Planning Committee Councillor David Stevenson, said: ‘We value the heritage of Coalville’s mining past and are pleased to be able to support the development that will not only protect the monuments and listed buildings on the site, but will provide a country park and links to the town centre. We look forward to the development, which will continue Coalville’s urban renaissance.’