Plans for 230 homes set to go before councillors

Work on one of Doncaster’s biggest housing development schemes could finally be set to get the go-ahead.

Councillors on the borough’s planning committee, chaired by Coun Chris McGuiness, meet tomorrow to decide whether to allow builders to start a scheme that would see 230 new homes next to Kirk Street, Ramsden Road, and Eden Grove in Hexthorpe.

It will mark the redevelopment of a site previously used as part of the Doncaster Plantworks railway engineering site.

Proposals were first put forward in 2006, when the council gave the green light for developers to start work on making the site usable.

Since then, work has been done on making it safe from flooding and removing pollution from the site which was associated with its use for industry in the past.

A report before the committee reveals South Yorkshire Police’s architectural liaison officer had warned the houses were planned too densely and was concerned it could results in poor parking, which may lead to neighbour disputes.

Council highways officers warn parking courts are generally discouraged as unless they are overlooked and well used they can encourage anti-social behaviour and crime-related issues.

The report adds: “However, it is an effective way of providing necessary parking levels in dense developments. Where possible the developer has provided curtilage parking for the majority of the dwellings.”

Education officers say there no spare primary school places in Hexthorpe and 40 places will be needed from the development alone – costing £485,720.