ARTIST impressions have revealed the future look of a historic Grade II-listed site a year after it was saved from dereliction.

The coal drops site, under the former Penistone-Woodhead Line which was once a leading hub of the railway in the north, consists of six arched segments which date back to the mid-19th century.

The line was closed during the so-called Beeching cuts in the 1960s, but much of the infrastructure remained intact with the old platforms, trackbed and station buildings still visible.

It was acquired by Fairbank Investments last March and the site which received its listed status in 1988 is set to be transformed into business units, restaurants and retail space.

Antony Green, managing director of Fairbank Investments, said: “The new designs demonstrate how we envisage how the coal drops and the land will look once fully transformed, but the plans are subject to final approval.

“Our vision extends beyond bricks and mortar it’s about creating a lasting legacy that enriches the fabric of Penistone’s identity.

“We’re honoured to play a role in shaping the future of this historic site.

“We turned the redundant site at the old David Brown site in Penistone into the thriving Fairfield Business Park, generating employment and helping multiple start-up companies and we intend to do the same at the coal drops site.

“Our current development represents a bright new beginning for a site that without our investment and vision would have likely remained a permanent wasteland.

“Steeped in history, the coal drops site stands as a poignant reminder of Penistone’s industrial past.

“In recognition of its cultural significance, we’ve embraced the opportunity to breathe new life into these iconic structures, preserving their heritage while welcoming a new era of prosperity.

“We’re fully committed to public safety while construction and planning is underway, access to certain areas will be removed.

“However, alternate routes closeby will ensure that businesses along St Mary’s Street remain accessible to all.”

The Woodhead Line was axed because it was a duplicate route, and campaigners successfully fought to save the Hope Valley Line between Sheffield and Manchester instead, as it served more remote rural communities.

Although it continued to operate as a freight line, the track was lifted completely in 1981 and much of the route became a cycle trail.

However, its buildings were abandoned and safety fears were subsequently raised.

Penistone West’s Coun Hannah Kitching added: “This is an iconic site in Penistone but it really did need regenerating so I’m thankful Fairbank Investments are pressing ahead with this scheme.

“There’s always the chance to grow Penistone and it’s a really interesting idea combining the space for business, hospitality and retail.”