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300 houses: Silverdale Colliery, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire

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Developers have been invited to put forward proposals to build 300 well-designed new homes and community facilities on the site of a former colliery.

National regeneration agency English Partnerships has invited expressions of interest for 9.6 hectares of land at the former Silverdale Colliery, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.

The new homes will form a high quality urban extension to Silverdale village, in an attractive landscaped setting on the edge of the countryside and close to Keele University Science Park, Newcastle town centre and the city of Stoke-on-Trent.

English Partnerships is currently reclaiming 104.5 hectares of former mining land at Silverdale to prepare it for residential development and to create an attractive new 95 hectare country park.

The regeneration work is taking place in line with an indicative masterplan for the site, developed together with the local community.

This shows how the residential land may be developed with 300 homes, a village square, three children’s play areas, two sports pitches and landscaped water course running through the development.

The housing will be mostly family homes and will include 25 per cent affordable housing, to be provided through Newcastle-based Aspire Housing Association.

The new development will be carefully designed so it integrates fully with the existing homes, shops and businesses in Silverdale and the nearby Parksite neighbourhood.

Development will be expected to meet English Partnerships’ quality standards. These require developers to meet high standards for urban design, construction, community engagement, sustainability, energy efficiency and the amount of space inside the home.

Silverdale Colliery closed in 1998 and was acquired by English Partnerships’ National Coalfields Programme in 2002. Outline planning for the site’s regeneration was granted in 2006, following an extensive community masterplanning process.

A developer is expected to be selected in June 2008. Work is expected to start on the residential development in spring 2009.

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