Former Hatfield Colliery Site.


Stainforth Town Council


500 dwellings approx.

Local Authority

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council


Public Sector
Residential, Mixed-use

Key Project Information

  • A former colliery site regeneration;
  • Largest and most complex NDO within the country, comprising the allocation of new housing, commercial floorspace, country park and retention of listed headstocks;
  • Provision of ambitious development orientated Neighbourhood Plan for the Stainforth Town Council area.

The client’s objectives were to regenerate the former Hatfield Colliery site to create a Country Park with enabling housing and commercial development. The client also wishes to promote development and the regeneration of the former pit town of Stainforth through the provision of a Neighbourhood Plan.

We have developed a close collaborative working relationship with the Town Council to deliver their aspirations. This has been through the delivery of a landscape led masterplan for the area which will feed into a NDO with appropriate conditions.

We have also developed an innovative neighbourhood plan which not only builds upon the Doncaster Local Plan but mirrors local aspirations and issues.

Both the NDO and Neighbourhood Plan are based upon credible robust evidence much of which has been developed by our expert teams.

Hatfield Colliery
Former Hatfield Colliery Site

Stainforth is a former pit town which following the winding down of the Hatfield Colliery has suffered significant economic deprivation. The Town Council are keen to halt this economic and social decline by regenerating the former colliery site as well as providing a planning framework for the town. The Town Council has recently been successful in securing Towns Deal funding.

Our experts were originally brought in to provide landscape advice upon the emerging NDO. This was soon expanded to other areas of work due to the excellent work and positive relationship between ourselves and the client.

The Town Council had embarked upon a Neighbourhood Plan with another consultancy prior to our involvement, but had struggled to develop a coherent strategy. Following our team’s involvement, the neighbourhood plan has moved forward towards a draft plan for consultation.