English partnerships joined the Chatterley Whitfield Partnership in 2003 after Whitfield was included in the National Coalfields Programme in 2002. This brought the potential for significant funding, but also meant that the planning process had to start from scratch again.
The new consultants concluded that renewable energy would not generate sufficient income, so English Partnerships appointed a firm of architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley, to prepare a new Masterplan.
The architects concentrated on the land within the perimeter fence, but liaised closely with some landscape architects who were appointed to produce plans for the open space surrounding the colliery.
Feilden Clegg Bradley were also appointed to design the conversion of the Main Offices, Wages Office and Laboratory.