UK Coal has cut the size of its shortlisted eco-town proposal for Rossington, South Yorkshire, by two thirds, it was announced today.

Britain’s biggest producer of coal said it had reduced the size of its eco-town proposal from 15,000 homes to 5,000 homes because of concerns raised by members of the local community, the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England and the government’s Ecotown Challenge Panel.

‘Our planning team has addressed all the significant issues raised since the initial proposals were short listed in April and have created a vision which is achievable, sustainable and embraces the existing community whilst meeting all the environmental objectives set by government,’ said UK Coal chief executive Jon Lloyd.

‘We sincerely hope local people will welcome these proposals as they gain substantially from the provision of additional facilities, provided by a private and publicly funded partnership which will help regenerate and rejuvenate the existing community.’

The new plans for the former Rossington Colliery, drawn up by Leeds-based Spawforths will see 300 acres of brownfield land for housing, 125 acres for Green space, 10 acres for schools, five acres for retail and community use and 30 acres for employment development.

The government is expected to announce up to 10 successful eco-town bids around the end of the year.