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Newark & Sherwood Plan Review - Publication Amended Core Strategy

Character, Setting and Heritage

6.105   The allocation sits on the edge of the village of Edwinstowe on the main road to Ollerton. Until recently the site and indeed the immediate area was dominated by the fully operational Thoresby Colliery, both the pit head area and the spoil heaps which are in the north of the site.

6.106   The Thoresby site is an early 20th century colliery; the first shafts were sunk in 1925-8. It was the first all-electric mine, the first to have fully mechanised coal production and also the first to achieve an annual saleable output of more than a million tons of coal. Historic England note that “A large number of its original buildings survive and this includes the large brick-built group surrounding the shaft mouths”

6.107   Currently in progress as part of the restoration project, the spoil heaps are being reshaped and restored to heathland. The area around the pit head is identified as the heart of the new community and as such a number of the colliery buildings are proposed to be reused for community and leisure uses. It will be important to ensure that a proper assessment and recording of the historic value of the buildings is carried out, both to inform the process of identifying which buildings should be retained and to provide a comprehensive historic record.

6.108   Heritage Assets in the wider area are principally the two conservation areas of Edwinstowe and Ollerton, and the listed buildings within them; including in Edwinstowe the Grade I St Mary’s Church and the Grade II* Ollerton Hall in Ollerton. An assessment of the anticipated impact of the proposed development and the extent of affect to the two Conservation Areas, and the listed buildings or their settings will be required. It should be noted that Thoresby Hall and Historic Park & Garden (both Grade 1 Listed) lie to the north of the site, however significant re-profiled former spoil heaps restored as natural habitats will lie between it and the area which is to be developed. Furthermore two heritage assets (a local interest building opposite the site and a Grade II Listed Farm House further down the Maun valley will need to be considered as part of any submission. The District Council has carried out a Heritage Impact Assessment as part of the process of allocation following advice from Historic England.

6.109   As part of the process of site assessment the Council has sought landscape and visual impact advice from Via East Midlands (Nottinghamshire County Council Highways as was) they note that “The proposal would result in a substantial change to existing landscape character and landscape character anticipated from the completion of the consented restoration scheme. The mixed use development will result in a substantial impact on landscape character and is likely to be visually intrusive, particularly to users of Ollerton Road and recreational users of the restored tip site.”

6.110   A number of recommendations are proposed to mitigate against the magnitude of the impact of the new development. These are:

  • The retention and potential enhancement of some existing landscape elements (shelter belt north of Ollerton Road, tree and scrub along former mineral line) to mitigate against visual impact
  • The maintenance and reinstatement of former field hedge boundaries
  • The setting of the new development within a woodland matrix with substantial buffering of existing and proposed restored semi natural landscapes.

6.111   The provision of SANGs compliant open space, alongside the strategic planting and woodland required to mitigate the impact of the new development will require a strategic landscape & green infrastructure framework to be drawn up to accompany any planning application.