Scaled down plans for employment park

SCALED down plans for a controversial new employment park have been submitted to Doncaster Council.

The application to transform Bradholme Farm in Thorne has been revised to incorporate comments and suggestions made by local residents and stakeholders who expressed concern during the consultation process.

Simon Dixon, Director of PPG Land said: "The proposals represent a substantial investment in Thorne and we remain committed to delivering a scheme that will reflect the aspirations of the local community.

"We are confident that the significant changes now incorporated into the scheme have further improved the plans for Bradholme Employment Park."

The revised proposals include two distribution buildings that are designed to create up to 2,300 jobs, with the height of the larger distribution unit further reduced from 30 metres to 20 metres to reduce

the visual impact.

As part of the developers plans to encourage the use of public transport and car sharing the car parking provision has been significantly reduced by a third and a new roundabout will ensure improved bus accessibility throughout the development.

Extensive landscaping to improve the overall appearance of the site is also part of the revised plans.

A planning application was submitted to Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council in February 2008 following two major public consultation events.

The plans had then been substantially revised to incorporate comments and suggestions made by local residents and stakeholders during the consultation process.

In May 2008, PPG Land and The Warmfield Group decided to withdraw the planning application, believing that the plans could be additionally amended and the proposals further improved.

"Since withdrawing the application, the development team have been preparing a revised application, taking into consideration the feedback received from the Local Authority, stakeholders and local residents,"

said a spokesman for the group.

A revised application has now been submitted to Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council.

PPG Land and The Warmfield Group will shortly be announcing the dates of a public exhibition, when members of the public will be able to view the revised proposals.

It is expected that a decision on the planning application will be made early next year.