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Pontefract residents can find out more about the redevelopment of the town’s former Prince of Wales Colliery site at an event next week.

Harworth Estates started development of the former pit site in December after being granted planning permission from Wakefield Council.

The scheme will include 917 new homes on the site of the 77-acre former pit yard along with 230,000 sq ft of business space, shops, cafes, a medical centre, community centre, nursery and parkland.

Now, representatives from Harworth Estates, Spawforths and Ben Bailey Homes will display plans and be on hand to take questions from the public at a consultation event on Wednesday, September 3.

The event will be held in the Nelson Room at Pontefract Town Hall from 10.30am until 7pm.

Chris Davidson, Harworth Estates development manager for the scheme, said: “We’re keen to tell local residents about how we’re progressing on-site and what we have planned.

“We think we’ve put together a really exciting redevelopment plan to meet the demand for new homes in the area and look forward to sharing this further.”

A spokesman for Harworth Estates said work on the first phase of the 917 homes is expected to start next March.

At the spoil heap - where up to 2m tonnes of coal is currently being extracted - Harworth Estates plans to create a new country park and footpaths.

Coun Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for economic growth and skills, said: “This event is a great opportunity for local residents to find out more about the redevelopment of the former Prince of Wales Colliery.

“I would encourage local residents or anyone wanting to find out more about the proposed works to call in and take a look at the plans.”

The scheme will also pave the way for a new 1.5km link road between the former pit site and Monkhill.

Wakefield Council said the Pontefract Northern Link Road has the potential to create more than 1,000 jobs and improve journey times.

The road, expected to be completed by January 2015, is part of the £4.1m funding the council has received from the government’s Local Pinch Point Fund.

The scheme aims to bring many benefits to Pontefract, including improving capacity on Park Road and Town End junction as well as creating better access to junction 32 of the M62.

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