144 homes are ap­proved for Snib­ston Mu­seum site

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE -

PLANS to build 144 homes on the for­mer site of Coalville’s Snib­ston Dis­cov­ery Mu­seum have been ap­proved.

Coun­cil­lors on North West Le­ices­ter­shire District Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee voted in favour of the county coun­cil de­vel­op­ment on Wed­nes­day (May 9).

The vis­i­tor at­trac­tion was closed in 2015 by Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil to save cash, de­spite cam­paign­ers fight­ing to keep it open.

The mu­seum was then de­mol­ished to make way for new homes.

Coun Terri Eynon, speak­ing at the meet­ing as a mem­ber of the Coalville Her­itage So­ci­ety, asked coun­cil­lors to back the plans.

She said: “With proper man­age­ment, this scheme will be some­thing we can be proud of here in Coalville.

“Bet­ter this plan, than no plan at all.”

The for­mer col­liery’s his­toric pit­head build­ings will re­main on the site and form part of a her­itage trail.

Coun John Le­grys said he was dis­ap­pointed how things had turned out.

He said: “That her­itage site has the same recog­ni­tion in world or­der as the Taj Ma­hal. We need to be proud of that here in Coalville.

“But this is 144 houses on a brown­field site, it’s a no brainer.”

Coun Virge Richichi felt that the coun­cil could have cre­ated a ‘her­itage site’. He said: “This site is a her­itage site and we’ve been very neg­li­gent in al­low­ing it to de­te­ri­o­rate to the way it is now. It could have brought money into the town.

“It’s rather un­for­tu­nate that we as a coun­cil don’t have the fi­nances to cre­ate a real her­itage site for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

The county coun­cil’s plans also in­clude ex­tend­ing the pop­u­lar Cen­tury Theatre to cre­ate a new café and vis­i­tor cen­tre for the nearby Snib­ston Coun­try Park.

It has also sub­mit­ted a sep­a­rate plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for a new pedes­trian and cy­cle route along the for­mer min­eral rail­way line that served the pit.

The county coun­cil has been asked to con­trib­ute around £750,000 to­wards ser­vices which would be af­fected by the new homes such as health­care and ed­u­ca­tion.

The land will now be sold to a de­vel­oper.

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