|The Sherwood Energy Village in Ollerton was a great use of
an old plot of land|
An old abandoned air base would be a
natural place to put an airport.
But what do you build on an old disused
When mining ended in the village of Ollerton 11 years ago it
seemed like the heart of the community had been torn away, leaving an empty space
But fortunately there was a plan to rejuvenate the area with a
brand new development.
A large area of 'brownfield' land where the coal
mine used to be became the site for a new development - the Sherwood Energy Village.
energy village was part of the government's strategy for 60% of all new developments
to be built on brownfield sites.
And now it's slowly changing what was a
very muddy and polluted landscape into a prosperous new area.
feel that developing on previously used sites is a good way to improve conservation
This is because it reduces the pressure to develop on areas of
otherwise untouched natural countryside.
Brownfield sites can also come
up with surprising stories.
Inside Out has been to a huge building site
on the outskirts of Peterborough.
They want to put up hundreds of homes
but nature got in the way.
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