Doncaster set for bumper jobs boost

Ros Jones.  Picture: Andrew Roe
Ros Jones. Picture: Andrew Roe

The borough is set for a jobs boost after two ambitious projects planned for the town reached the next stage of their development.

The council’s cabinet gave the go-ahead for a development at the Robin Hood Airport Business Park in Finningley at a meeting yesterday.

The development will be built by a local company, the name of which has not yet been disclosed, and will see the creation of business space and associated infrastructure amassing 4,088 square metres at the park.

It is also hoped that it will create around 113 new jobs, and £820,973 of private sector contribution.

Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones said: “This will be first development at the Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone in Doncaster and, together with the FARRRS link road which will open early next year, it will be the catalyst for transforming the whole area into a world-class business location.

“We are committed to playing our part in bringing jobs and growth to Doncaster and the wider region and by supporting this development it sends out a clear message that we are open for business.”

The development will be funded by a £1,010,000 business loan from the Sheffield City Region, applied for through Doncaster Council, in conjunction with a loan from the SCR’s JESSICA funding initiative.

It is hoped that a further 150 jobs, all of which will be full-time, will be created through a 250,000 square foot development of two warehouses and commercial space in Parkside.

The application, which is in the early planning stages, has been submitted by St Modwen – one of the UK’s leading regeneration specialists.

Should the application be given the go-ahead, it will add to the company’s existing Doncaster developments, which include the ongoing regeneration of the Waterdale Shopping Centre.

Richard Bannister, Regional Manager at St. Modwen, said: “Our decision to submit this application demonstrates our confidence to invest and grow our presence in Doncaster.

“It follows our successful development of Crompton Retail Park on Wheatley Hall Road, the final phase of which will be commencing soon.

“These two developments, combined with our ongoing regeneration of Waterdale Shopping Centre, reinforce our long term commitment in the town.”