Harsh criticism of Doncaster’s property market, published on a national newspaper’s website yesterday, has been slated by town chiefs.
The report claimed that low house prices in the borough were a “chilling warning” to homeowners and that it was “the town the property market forgot”.
A report published by an online property firm last week said across the country there was a house price boom, but not in Doncaster.
The average property in the town is worth £95,869, almost the same price as they were selling for a decade ago, when the average was £96,443.
But news of these property prices have been seen in a positive light by Doncaster chiefs.
Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband said: “Doncaster is a fantastic place to live, work and to do business.
“It has some great things to offer – exceptional transport links, including an international airport, a skilled workforce, a variety of top-class tourist attractions and acres of green space.
“I’m proud of the borough and I’m proud to represent a Doncaster constituency in Parliament.”
Doncaster Chamber’s Deputy CEO Dan Fell said: “The picture painted of Doncaster today is not one that the Chamber, and I believe most local businesses, would recognise.
“Whilst Doncaster has many entrenched economic challenges it is clear that the borough is making exceptional headway with key headline projects.
“Although the impact of the recession is still being sharply felt in Doncaster, we are seeing and hearing credible signs of returning business confidence and of business growth that feels a long way away from the national newspaper’s depiction of Doncaster.
“t is obvious to the Chamber that developers and house builders have significant confidence in Doncaster, particularly given the spate of construction projects that we are seeing lately with new homes going up around Lakeside and near the Woodfield Plantation.
“I doubt very much that such development would be taking place if the property market in Doncaster was not showing emerging signs of buoyancy.”
Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones added: “Doncaster is the gateway to Yorkshire and is a great place to live, work in and visit.
“Business is investing in Doncaster with important developments such as the iPort logistics hub and the Enterprise Zone at the airport set to bring in thousands of new jobs. Doncaster is the home of rail and innovation and this continues today.
“Doncaster is a truly great town to live and invest in. “We need to be shouting this from the rooftops.”