PLANNING permission for the proposed Robin Hood Airport link road has been backed by councillors today.
Doncaster Council’s planning committee unanimously approved of the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) this afternoon which will mean the airport will be a short drive from the M18.
‘Minor details’ to do with flood prevention and transport modelling are to be looked at in the next fortnight with work on the scheme expected to start in August.
Mayor Peter Davies, said: “This decision is tremendous news for Doncaster and the region, 2012 is becoming a monumental year for enhancing the economic prospects of Doncaster. Improvements are going to plan along White Rose Way, the first phase of the Civic and Cultural Quarter is starting to open and plans for this new link road are motoring along nicely.
“Doncaster is ambitious, forward-thinking and one of the hottest places in the UK for new investment. All of this is testament to our vision and our ability to work with private and public sector partners to deliver.”
The scheme includes a dual carriageway that will lead from the M18 towards Rossington and support the Inland Port.
The link will continue as a single carriageway to the A638 at Parrot’s Corner and a direct connection will be provided into Rossington.
A contractor for the project, which is expected to be opened in 2014 and comes with the promise of creating thousands of jobs and homes, is due to be appointed to take over the running of the scheme in the next few days.
James Newman, chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “I am pleased to see the FARRRS road has the Planning Committee’s support as this is a project that the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership fully supports.
“The new link road will greatly improve the Sheffield City Region’s connections with its national and international markets, bringing a substantial number of new jobs and millions of pounds of local investment.”
Daniel Fell, deputy chief executive at Doncaster Chamber, said FARRRS was a “critical scheme” for the future of Doncaster and the wider regional economy.
He said: “The road will significantly enhance the growth potential of Robin Hood Airport – this will help the area’s importers and exporters and encourage more firms to trade internationally.
“The road will also open up acres of land for development and inward investment – this will create immediate supply chain opportunities for indigenous firms. In short, this road is good for business, good for Doncaster and good for jobs. The scheme has the full endorsement of the chamber.”
Steve Gill, airport director at Robin Hood Airport, added: “The FARRRS link road will be a huge improvement to the accessibility of the airport.
“The project will ultimately provide a road which opens the airport to the Sheffield City region cutting journey times from Sheffield to 25 minutes.
“Improved access will enable the airport to attract larger numbers of passengers and work towards the ambitions set out in our master plan. This in turn will help us to provide a thriving business hub in and around the airport bringing with it the economic benefits and job opportunities that we aspire to offer.
“For us this is very much a first phase and part one of our longer term aspirations to make the airport much more accessible to the Sheffield City Region and beyond.”