Work begins at Highwall Park

As residents will be aware, Harworth is moving forward with plans to develop Highwall Park – a new park which will run through Waverley and connect the Advanced Manufacturing Park and Olive Lane with the Waverley Lakes. 

This will be the main green space in the community, providing 20 acres of parkland for the community to meet, exercise, and spend time outdoors. 

Outline planning permission for the park and the supporting infrastructure including drainage has already been granted by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.  In March, we spoke with the community about our detailed plans and asked for their feedback. 

The consultation event on 14 March was well attended, with over 50 people there on the day.  It was great to hear residents’ views on what they would like to see in the new park, such as features to boost habitat creation. 

We were also delighted to meet with the pupils from Waverley Junior Academy to speak to them about the park.  This has given us some great ideas around the new play spaces and how these can best be created to suit the needs of the children at Waverley.

We’re taking this feedback on board as we finalise our plans.  We’ll be submitted our planning application in the coming weeks and a link to the council’s planning portal will be available on the website.

Earthworks will commence at Highwall Park from mid-April, and we will then be installing footpaths. These works are expected to take around four months to complete.  We will keep the community updated on progress.

…and continues at Olive Lane

We’re making great progress at Olive Lane – the new community hub at the heart of Waverley.

Construction is underway and we’re excited to have installed a timelapse camera of the site so that residents can keep up to date on the works.  A link to this can be found on the website.

Alongside new homes and the medical centre, Olive Lane will be home to commercial units which are currently being marketed to occupiers for uses such as cafés, restaurants, and small retail shops.  Waverley Community Council will also be creating a community centre in one of the units.

Our intention is for Olive Lane to be built by the end of this year, with the occupiers moving into the units early next year.

Council tax

We are aware that residents of Waverley have seen an uplift in their council tax which Waverley Community Council plans to use to fit-out the new community centre.

Harworth has a Section 106 agreement with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council – as part of the overall masterplan for Waverley – through which we are creating a building suitable for community uses. 

We will be doing so at Olive Lane and leasing this building, at a very low ‘peppercorn’ rent of £1 a year to the community council, for it to use as a community centre. 

As with the other commercial occupiers, the community council will need to manage the fit-out of the building according to their uses.  While we are aware the community council has chosen to do this through a council tax precept, Harworth has not been involved in this decision.

We are committed to creating a vibrant new area at Olive Lane and will continue to work closely with the community council over the coming months to support their planning for the community centre.

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Over the coming years, the Waverley development will be home to around 4,000 properties plus further commercial and retail development, so as Waverley grows, so can your business!