VIDEO: Green light for Hexthorpe housing plans

Work can finally start on a major Doncaster housing development – which has been in the pipeline for almost a decade.

Persimmon Homes was first given the green light for their residential plans at the former Doncaster Plantworks railway engineering site in 2006.

Doncaster's  Civic Offices.

Doncaster's Civic Offices.

However, the scheme has remained at the blueprint stage until now while developers addressed concerns over its design layout, the number of homes that could be delivered and commercial use.

Doncaster Council’s planning committee finally approved the scheme at the Civic Offices yesterday after they said they were happy with the amended designs.

Coun Glyn Jones said: “This development will bring with it a number of benefits and I hope they go ahead as soon as possible.”

The development will see 230 new homes built on land next to Kirk Street, Ramsden Road, and Eden Grove in Hexthorpe.

The properties will be a mixture of two, three and four-bedroom properties that will be presented as detached, semi-detached, terrace housing and flats.

Since 2006, work has been undertaken to make the 79-acre site safe from flooding and to remove pollution from the ground, which was associated with its use for industry in the past.

In 2008, Persimmon was granted permission for a wider scheme to build 700 homes, a retail store and two office blocks.

But Robin McGinn, development planner for Persimmon, told the meeting the firm has had to reduce the number of homes proposed by more than half and remove the commercial element, because of the economic downturn.

He said the firm has had ‘detailed consultations with the council’ and after six years has ‘delivered the scheme’.

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

However, the report adds the developer has since amended plans to ‘reduce the number of dwellings in areas that were considered to be too dense’.

This includes changes to the road layout, walls, fencing and increased rear garden size to boost separation distances.

As part of the scheme, 40 new primary school places will be created to accommodate the expected influx of new families.

Planning officers had recommended the scheme for approval. It was granted in a unanimous vote by committee members sitting at Doncaster’s Civic Offices.