Housing plans drawn up for Earth Centre

Sandra Holland
Sandra Holland

Plans for a major new housing development on the site of the former Earth Centre in Doncaster are under consideration.

Developers hope to build 177 homes and garages on land formerly used as car parks at the failed visitor attraction which went into administration and was mothballed in 2004.

After being awarded £41.6 million by the Millennium Commission to get started, the attraction failed to attract the numbers it needed to stay afloat.

Much of the 400-acre site is now occupied by a residential educational adventure centre, which opened in 2012 after it was revealed the cost of upkeep to Doncaster Council was £200,000 a year.

Now Doncaster Council planners are looking at the housing proposal for the site at Kilners Bridge, Denaby Main.

Sheffield developer Gleeson should receive feedback on the application within the next couple of months.

But councillors are keen to study the plans in detail with a view to addressing any concerns about access from the busy main road running from Conisbrough to Mexborough.

Coun Sandra Holland said: “I will be looking at the plans in detail.”