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Ex-pit site to be business park
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Millions of pounds will be spent on regeneration of the site
A multi-million pound scheme to build thousands of homes, a business park and country estate have been unveiled for a former mining site in South Yorkshire.

A joint venture between development firm Helical Bar and UK Coal will see the site at Wavereley, near Rotherham, housing new government buildings.

The deal to develop the 300-hectare plot of land is expected to take five years to complete and cost 140m.

About 6,000 jobs are expected to be created by the regeneration scheme.

A planning application is expected to show designs for about 4,000 homes, a business park, a range of community facilities, a park-and-ride site and country park.

Building work is scheduled to start in spring 2009 with the first residents on-site by autumn 2010.

The site used to include the Orgreave coke plant, where police used riot gear in clashes with thousands of pickets during the year-long miners' strike.

People can work, live and play in a new creative environment development on a site with a long industrial past
Jon Lloyd, UK Coal

Jon Lloyd, chief executive of UK Coal, said: "Waverley is the largest of our development sites and this joint venture with Helical is a key step in completing the commercial element of our scheme.

"The new community planning for the site is progressing on schedule and the restoration work of the former Waverley surface mine site is being completed to plan.

"The site is an exemplar project where people can work, live and play in a new creative environment development on a site with a long industrial past."

Roger Stone, leader of Rotherham Borough Council, said: "This is an exciting new prospect, creating the potential to substantially broaden and expand the opportunities for jobs in the management and clerical sectors of our community.

"We very much look forward to receiving the planning application so that we can engage in a meaningful consultation process on this proposal."

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