This year the number of new homes being built is the highest in the past 15 years. The latest figures show 1,170 homes are going up across the borough and this covers the needs and wants of all people.
And with planning permission approved for major schemes like Waystone’s J5M18 Unity Project, which will transform Hatfield, Stainforth and Dunscroft and expects to deliver 3,100 new homes, the housebuilding boom is set to continue in the future.
Commenting on the local housing boom, Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Jane Nightingale, said: “We are enjoying remarkable levels of housebuilding in all parts of the borough and what is even more encouraging is that there is something to suit all needs, budgets and personal circumstances. Our approach to support new development and encourage new investment is paying off.”
A wide spectrum of homes are going up across the borough.
120 council houses at nine different sites are being built by Willmott Partnership Homes Ltd through the council’s New Build Scheme. Once completed in 2017 they will be managed by St Leger Homes.
This includes 57 properties at Layden Drive in Scawsby which together with a Housing Association scheme is seeing investment of about £7.5million in 66 new affordable homes in this area.
In January, Swallowdale, a £6.9million housing scheme for older people opened in Edlington. The 64 two-bed apartments and 2 two-bed bungalows, which also offer support and care services on site, were built by local firm Keepmoat Homes for not-for-profit housing provider Housing & Care 21 in partnership with the council.
Earlier this summer plans for 72 new extra care apartments were approved to support older people in Thorne, Moorends and wider area too. Work on the £9.4million scheme is expected to start this autumn.
The first phase of over 300 homes of the Dominion scheme at Woodfield Plantation is nearing completion. Delivered by Keepmoat and Strata, the development is one of the largest ‘custom built’ schemes in the country offering a mix of quality homes, affordable homes for rent and share ownership opportunities.
Numerous developments offering family accommodation and exclusive top end executive homes are also springing up across the borough.
A selection of four bedroom properties are going up at Heatherfields, Torne Park. These are the first of 1,200 new homes lined up to be built on the former Rossington Colliery site – a scheme which became possible with the delivery of Great Yorkshire Way.
Mayor Ros Jones said: “I am determined to make sure Doncaster meets the housing needs of everyone in the town. As demand grows we need to build a wide range of high quality new homes, so completing nearly 1,200 new homes in just one year is great news.
“We also have a wonderful array of developments like Great Yorkshire Way which are delivering jobs and growth and making Doncaster an attractive place to live, work, visit and invest in. With schemes like the National College for High Speed Rail, the European Tour backed golf complex and plans to rejuvenate the town centre and other areas of the borough, these new homes are certainly going to be in demand.”
Other prestigious, high end homes include Muse Developments’ The Residence, Lakeside – a collection of 51 luxury two, three and four bedroom homes. More than 80% of these homes at this desirable waterside location have been sold, with only nine properties remaining.
The scheme, which is designed by Yorkshire-based architect Brewster Bye and built by Lovell, sits at the edge of more than 50 acres of lake.
Scunthorpe United defender Scott Laird, 27 and his wife, beauty therapist Leanne, also 27, were one of the first residents to buy a slice of luxury by the lake at The Residence scheme in Doncaster. The young couple purchased one of Muse Developments’ desirable Harvard townhouses, which offer a prime location on the banks of more than 50 acres of stunning waterside.
Scott says: “It’s been brilliant. We love the bright and airy rooms; the ceilings are high and there are really big windows so the light just pours in, glimmering off the lake. We spend a lot of our time at home pottering in the large kitchen/diner; we love the floor-to-ceiling windows and the view across the water is fantastic. The location of The Residence is brilliant for us, there’s so much all within easy walking distance including shops, restaurants and the cinema.”
Muse Developments and Doncaster Council have worked together to oversee significant changes to the public realm of the town centre, with the transformation of the £300million Civic and Cultural Quarter (CCQ) and The Gables residential scheme.
The first phase of Muse Developments’ town centre scheme, The Gables, sold out earlier this year and work has now started on site for the second phase.
Commented Hollie Reynolds, residential sales and marketing manager at Muse: “Our homes have really struck a chord with buyers here in Doncaster and beyond, thanks to a winning mix of the right product and the right location. Muse recognised years ago the long-term benefits of investing in Doncaster and I think the strength of the current housing market here is proof that its potential is being realised. We are excited to have started work on phase two of The Gables and look forward to growing the communities and neighbourhoods that we’ve helped establish in the town.”
More good news on the new homes front
And now Mayor Ros Jones and her Cabinet will next week decide on supporting another new housing scheme which would see a multi-million pound investment in even more new homes in Doncaster.
Providing housing land at Ivor Grove, Balby, on a long lease to Ongo Homes Housing Association would see a new £6m scheme delivered for the benefit of local residents.
Funded by Ongo and Keepmoat Regeneration Ltd, the project also has a £2.04m Homes and Communities Agency Grant which had originally been earmarked for other areas but now looks set to be secured for the town.
The proposed development would deliver 60 new affordable homes for local families and older people, with plans to build 12 two bedroom bungalows, 37 two bedroom houses and 11 three bedroom houses.
Subject to Cabinet approval and planning permission it is anticipated that work on the development will start in March 2017 and be completed in March 2018.
All properties would be let at an affordable rent, with nominations made via St Leger Homes (SLHD) Choice Based Lettings service and the Accessible Housing Register.
Ongo Homes, along with their development partner Keepmoat Regeneration Ltd, approached the Council to propose a new affordable housing scheme in the borough after the Doncaster Housing Summit held in March this year.
More than 120 developers, house builders, consultants and investors attended the summit on 1 March 2016. The event was an opportunity to find out about the council’s ‘open for business’ approach to helping schemes, projects and developments get off the ground. The council also launched its ‘Housing Delivery Programme’ which will help deliver much needed new housing in the borough over the coming years.
Mayor Ros Jones said: “Quality affordable housing for all is one of my key priorities and the wide range of new housing, to rent and to buy, being built in Doncaster is fantastic news for people in the town.”
Jane Nightingale, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Housebuilding is now seeing a revival in Doncaster as we have been successful in attracting developers into our borough. A prime example of our proactive work was the Housing Summit which saw us engage with key players in the sector and is already starting to pay dividends. As well as new homes, the industry is stimulating economic growth, creating jobs and apprenticeships.”
Martin Smithurst, Regional Managing Director at Keepmoat, said: “Ivor Grove has given Keepmoat and Ongo a great opportunity to demonstrate the value and investment we can bring to the town. As a Doncaster business employing local people, we are committed to playing our part in the local economy, while helping the council to achieve its housing objectives.
“Ivor Grove has been the result of an excellent collaborative approach between the Council, Keepmoat and Ongo and we have been encouraged by the council’s ‘open for business’ approach.”