Council housing boost for Doncaster

Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 16-02-15 MC 3
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 16-02-15 MC 3

Plans to build 185 council homes in Doncaster over the next three years have been approved by council cabinet members.

The construction work will follow on after 50 council homes were built this year by Doncaster Council.

And under a planned programme of work outlined in official documents, a further 80 homes per year are expected between 2018 and 2025.

Officials at the authority say the new homes will predominantly be built on existing, surplus, council-owned sites.

The developments will be spread across the borough and will vary in size and type, according to the housing need in each area.

Officials say that the homes approved at yesterday’s meeting would be in Adwick, Armthorpe, Askern, Balby, Bentley, Carcroft, Scawsby and Rossington, with all available at social rent values.

After the meeting, a council spokesman said it would also work with other housing developers to maximise the amount of affordable housing developed by the private sector.

It would also work with housing associations on the affordable housing programme funded by the Homes and Communities Agency.

In addition there are plans to being empty properties back into use to further help meet the borough’s housing needs.

The spokesman said: “Further detail, including the location of housing development, will be finalised in the coming months.”

The plan was revealed at the council’s cabinet meeting yesterday, as part of a 10-year housing strategy plan, from 2015 to 2025.

A joint statement by Mayor Ros Jones, Doncaster council chief executive Jo Miller, St Leger Homes chief executive Susan Jordan and Coun Sandra Holland, Doncaster Council cabinet portfolio holder for housing, said: “There are huge challenges ahead; these include enabling the provision of sufficient quality housing to meet an increasing need, tackling poor quality homes and empty homes, improving neighbourhoods and providing housing-related support for residents – all of which must be delivered with reduced resources.”

This year 25 council homes were built in Askern, five in Bentley, 17 in Cantley, and three in Woodlands.

The new homes are set to be a mixture of one-, two – three – and four-bedroom homes of various types, including bungalows.