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Northern United Colliery
Posted: 17/11/2012 21:42:09
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This site in the Forest of Dean could be bulldozed soon, or will it? The last deep mine is home to an abundance of wildlife according to BBC news
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-20347507
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Posted: 18/11/2012 15:16:39
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In February of this year it was brought to the attention of NAMHO that a proposal to demolish the buildings at Northern United Colliery, near Cinderford, Gloucestershire had been lodged with the Planning Department of the Forest of Dean District Council (ref: P0154/12/DEM).

In 2003 NAMHO provided a statement on the then proposed demolition of the buildings on this site, emphasising the gap created in local cultural heritage assets by the clearance of colliery buildings and the need for an independent archaeological assessment. Since that date the loss of colliery buildings has continued, leaving Northern United as one of a small number of representative groups of 20th Century colliery buildings, unique in the Forest of Dean, if not England south of the Midland Coalfields.

An archaeological assessment carried out as part of the Gloucestershire County Council Cinderford Northern Quarter, Heritage and Archaeological Assessment, September 2009, recommended that “retention and re-use of all the surviving buildings is highly desirable”, modifying the original proposals to allow the retention of the colliery buildings. However, these modifications have been reversed, proposing the demolition of the buildings, including one of the few remaining NCB pithead baths, to allow the construction of a new road.

Along with members of the Forest of Dean Local History Society the NAMHO Conservation Officer, visited the site in February and complied a report supporting the retention of all the colliery buildings on behalf of NAMHO, which has been sumitted.


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