*Posted on behalf of Leicestershire County Council*
Plans to completely transform the former Snibston Colliery site and country park into a vibrant place to live and visit moved a step closer this week.
The county council proposals, first revealed during a public consultation back in March, have now been submitted to North West Leicestershire District Council planners for consideration.
County council leader Nick Rushton said: “We’re committed to investment in Coalville and these plans celebrate Snibston’s mining history and make the country park more attractive to visitors.
"Bringing in more people is really key to the success of the site as additional income from the car park and visitor centre will make it sustainable.”
• Creating a heritage trail so people can learn more about the former colliery’s historic pithead buildings;
• Improving the country park, with a café, visitor centre, picnic tables, outdoor play area and mountain bike trail;
• Creating a car park and pedestrian walkway;
• Creating an opportunity for 144 homes;
• Removing outdated traffic-calming measures, such as chicanes, on Ashby Road and creating on-street parking to improve traffic flow;
• Preparatory work, including tree-felling, fences and footpath improvements.
Proposals for a cycle link into the town centre, along a former railway, will be the subject of a later planning application
More than 200 people attended consultation events held at the Century Theatre back in March, with around 75 per cent of the people who responded to the consultation welcoming the proposals.