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Shinier outlook for Silverdale

CONTRACTS

PLANS TO redevelop Silverdale Colliery near Newcastle under Lyme in North Staffordshire are well under way, with completion of initial environmental assessment by consultant White Young Green.

Silverdale, the last deep mine in Staffordshire, closed in 1988 with the loss of 1,100 jobs. It was added to English Partnerships' National Coalfields Programme in 2002.

The UK regeneration agency's £13M scheme aims to redevelop the site for new homes and public open space. White Young Green was commissioned under its framework agreement with English Partnerships. The consultant will manage the redevelopment, starting with a desk study and a preliminary geoenvironmental site investigation.

Geoff Richardson, regional director at WYG's environmental division, says: 'This project is particularly challenging due to a number of environmental issues.

'We have been involved at Silverdale for the past three years and when we have collected and assessed all the data this should allow us to submit a detailed planning application by the middle of 2005.'

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