UK Coal will this week submit two planning applications for a major regeneration scheme at two coastal villages in the north-east.

It plans to develop two residential-led mixed use schemes in Ellington and Lynemouth, and will submit its plans to Castle Morpeth Council.

UK Coal’s estates director Eddie Peat said: ‘This is the dawn of an exciting new opportunity for these coastal villages which have felt the full economic and social impact of mining and other industrial closures over the past decades. Working together, we now have the opportunity to develop a new future, not only for the existing villagers, but for an expanded community and the benefits that will attract.

At Ellington, UK Coal is planning 300 new homes as part of a network village on the former colliery site, as well as community space including a full size football pitch. In Lynemouth, the plans include the development of 200 new homes in Lynemouth as well as 30 acres of employment space and the relocation of the Lynemouth day care centre.

The plan is part of a wider strategy and masterplan for the regeneration of four coastal communities of Cresswell, Ellington, Lynemouth and Linton.