Snibston Discovery Park, Coalville

Leicestershire County Council

TEP was appointed by Leicestershire County Council to provide masterplanning and town planning services to deliver a viable regeneration solution for Snibston Discovery Park in the centre of Coalville, North West Leicestershire.

The site covers 40ha and comprises a former colliery, country park, nature reserve, theatre and golf driving range. The remains of the colliery are now a heritage area focussed around the former colliery headstocks which are a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

TEP developed a vision document and masterplan for the site with the aim of providing much needed family homes as the catalyst to fund a new heritage and recreation destination for Coalville. The masterplan comprises 4.7ha residential development of 133 dwellings, a 150 space pay car park, new 1.48ha heritage area with café and activity centre, and country park enhancements focussed on outdoor recreation.

In developing the masterplan TEP identified development areas and suggested land uses for economic consultants BE Group to undertake market assessment and financial appraisal. This considered the viable development potential for the site based on market context and demand for uses including residential, extra care, office, retail, light industrial, gym, hotel and pub.

TEP also carried out ecological and heritage assessments which pro-actively informed the masterplanning and environmental appraisal of the scheme.

The scheme was granted outline planning permission in May 2018 by North West Leicestershire District Council. 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.”