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Plans to develop the Snibston colliery site given planning approval

Snibston masterplan

An application to develop the former Snibston colliery site and country park was permitted by North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) Planning Committee on Wednesday 9 May 2018.

The permission includes full plans to extend the Century Theatre to create a café, visitors’ centre and rangers’ office, as well as outline plans to build up to 144 new homes on 5.8 hectares to the west of the site.

Leicestershire County Council (LCC), which owns the land, has developed the £1.7 million proposal. New car parking, a heritage trail, mountain bike trails and play facilities will be provided as part of the scheme.

The proposed access to the site is via Chiswell Drive.

LCC has also submitted a separate application to create a new cycle link and footpath from the Snibston site to the centre of Coalville, along the former railway.

North West Leicestershire District Council’s Planning Committee voted in favour of allowing the development to go ahead.

The application received the support of the Coalville Heritage Society and received eight objections.

Speaking about the decision, Chair of Planning Committee Councillor David Stevenson, 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."

See full details of the plans, including drawings

Visit our planning pages and search for ‘Snibston’ The application has the reference 17/01424/FULM.

A further four applications were heard at the planning committee on Wednesday 9 May; two were permitted and two were refused.

Here is the full breakdown of the decisions made at Planning Committee:

Planning reference





Residential development of up to 144 dwellings (Outline – all matters reserved) and erection of an extension to existing theatre to provide a café / visitor centre / rangers office, installation of a play area, public realm works, landscaping and car parks (full)

Snibston Discovery Park, Ashby Road, Coalville



Self and custom build residential development consisting of 30 plots with a new access and supporting infrastructure (outline – access and layout included)

Land of Hepworth Road, Woodville



Erection of detached dwelling (outline - access and layout included)

Land opposite Lower Farm House, Neatherseal Road, Chilcote



Alterations to existing access and erection of holiday lodge

Lavender House, 80 Snarestone Road, Appleby Magna



Proposed two storey and single storey extensions to existing C2 care home

Lyndhurst Lodge, 87 Burton Road, Ashby de La Zouch


See agendas, papers and minutes for Planning Committee.

Planning Committee meets every month and is a public meeting – members of the public are welcome to attend. Any member of the public wishing to address Planning Committee must register to do so before midday on the Friday before the committee meeting.

Published: Thu 10 May, 2018

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