TEP, on behalf of Leicestershire County Council, has secured consent to enhance the former Snibston Colliery site in Coalville, Leicestershire. The hybrid planning consent will deliver a new residential development of up to 144 new homes and a heritage area with public access, heritage trail and public realm enhancements to the former Colliery site which is a Scheduled Monument. Proposals include an extension to the Century Theatre to provide a café, visitors centre and rangers offices; an exciting new play area; and a footpath cycleway along the former railway, connecting to the town centre. Wider recreation enhancements are also being undertaken at the adjacent Country Park, with new mountain bike trails, multi-user route and adventure play facilities.
The former Colliery was founded by George Stevenson and designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 1999. Detailed discussions and revisions to the scheme were undertaken with Historic England and District Conservation and Urban Design officers to ensure the proposals respected the monument and allowed safe and secure public access.
The Century Theatre toured Britain during 1952 – 1974 before being acquired by Leicestershire Museums in 1995 when it was brought ‘home’ and has been a popular attraction since. Its extension will allow for its continued longevity adjacent the improved Country Park, heritage offer and play area afforded at the revitalised Snibston making this a place for Coalville to be proud of and a symbol of its past.
TEP provided Project Management, Town Planning, Urban Design & Masterplanning, Landscape Design, Ecology, Arboricultural and Heritage services. We were expertly assisted by Buttress Architects in designing the Theatre extension with highways advice provided by Curtins, Noise Assessment by Bureau Veritas and geotechnical services from BWB.
David Stevenson, chair of North West Leicestershire District Council’s planning committee, 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.”