Daw Mill development plans could bring 1,000 jobs

Amended plans for the development of the former Daw Mill Colliery site near Arley in Warwickshire have been submitted by a property regeneration company, who say it could bring 1,000 jobs back to the site.

Daw Mill Colliery closed last year Credit: ITV News Central

The new plans take into account the views of community groups, local residents, councillors and businesses.

A 500,000 square foot light industrial business space is at the centre of the application, which the Harworth Estates company says will bring employment back to the Daw Mill site quickly, given the impact the colliery's closure had on the community.

We have responded to the concerns of the local stakeholders by reducing the size of the development by a third from our original application and by removing distribution units that will reduce movements by heavy goods vehicles to and from the site by more than 70%.

We want to make best use of Daw Mill’s assets – its railhead and its high power supply – to attract end users that will move goods via the connection to the Nuneaton to Birmingham line.

We estimate that we can deliver more than 1,000 new jobs, once the site is fully developed, directly replacing the jobs lost when the colliery ceased operating in March 2013.

– Owen Michaelson, Chief Executive of Harworth Estates

UK Coal closed the colliery in March 2013 after a major fire, bringing 47 years of coal production to an end.

The ownership of Daw Mill was transferred to Harworth following the insolvency of UK Coal Operations Ltd in July 2013.