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Work starts on housing scheme at Rossington colliery site

Miners Wheel at Rossington Image copyright Neil Theasby
Image caption Coal was mined at Rossington from 1915 after the first shaft for the pit was sunk in 1913

Work has started on the first of 1,200 homes planned for a former colliery in South Yorkshire.

Around 160 of the houses are to be built over the next two years on the site of Rossington pit near Doncaster.

Developer Harworth Estates said the housing was part of a £100m redevelopment which includes a pub, hotel, food store and primary school.

Coal was mined at Rossington from 1915 until 2007.

Tim Love from Harworth Estates, the property arm of UK Coal, said the development had been "unlocked" by the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme link road.

The £56m scheme, which began in 2013, is a new highway from M18 J3 to A638 at Parrot's Corner and is expected to be completed by early 2016.

The Inland Port rail freight terminal at Rossington was also given the go-ahead in 2011.

Developer Taylor Wimpey will also build homes on the site.

It is hoped the redevelopment will help boost the economy of the former mining area.

Image copyright Harworth Estates
Image caption 166 homes are to be built in the first phase of the project
Image copyright Steve Fareham
Image caption More than 13 million tonnes of colliery spoil and 950,000 tonnes of coal are expected to be removed from the 49 hectare (120 acre) site during the redevelopment

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