Doncaster is celebrating a bumper year for housebuilding with 1,173 new homes built across the borough in 2017/18.
The figure beats the previous record of 1,170 housing completions in 2015/16 and means average number of new homes created in the last three years stands at 1,133 per year.
The record figure represents a staggering 300% increase from the depth of the recession in 2010/11 when annual completions fell below 400 and shows the confidence house builders and buyers alike have in Doncaster as an excellent place to live, work and play.
Included in the 2017/18 figure are 169 new affordable homes which as a ratio of new homes per 1,000 population is one of the highest in the region. Doncaster Council’s Affordable Housing Programme 2015-18 has played an important part in this success. This programme is supported by significant grant funding from Homes England, the council’s housing association partners and from the council’s own house building investments.
Commenting on the news, Cllr Glyn Jones, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Housing and Equalities, said: “The record number of new homes created across our borough is testament to our commitment to see a wide range of quality homes built that suit the needs, wants and budgets of our residents.
“With numerous big housing developments underway like the Dominon scheme at Woodfield Plantation and planning permission approved for major schemes like Waystone’s J5 M18 Unity Project, which will transform Hatfield, Stainforth and Dunscroft and deliver about 3,100 new homes, the housebuilding boom in Doncaster is set to continue in the future too.”
The new homes built in Doncaster have included prestigious high end homes, family homes, affordable homes, extra care accommodation to promote independent living and council houses.
Cllr Jones added: "We have numerous exciting developments and infrastructure schemes like Great Yorkshire Way which are delivering on the jobs and growth front. We also have a growing number of tourist attractions and events like the Yorkshire Wildlife Park and Tour de Yorkshire. When these factors are combined with our exceptional transport links to all corners of the UK, Europe and beyond, it is easy to see why Doncaster is becoming an attractive place to live, work, visit and invest in. There is certainly strong demand for new homes in Doncaster.”