25,000 jobs hope plan for Doncaster

Local businesses join Mayor Ros Jones (second right front row) at the opening of the Ladybank crossroads at Lakeside. Picture: Andrew Roe
Local businesses join Mayor Ros Jones (second right front row) at the opening of the Ladybank crossroads at Lakeside. Picture: Andrew Roe

Thousands of jobs could be created in Doncaster under plans backed by Doncaster Council cabinet yesterday.

A new Economic Growth Plan drawn up for the next five years sets out a series of projects which aim to create jobs and encourage investment across the borough.

Projects in the plan include the airport growth corridor and the development of the inland port at Rossington – expected to create almost 6,000 jobs.

Development of the airport itself is expected to create more than 8,000 jobs.

Further development of urban sites such as Lakeside, Waterfront, Waterdale and St Sepulchre Gate West have the potential to create almost 4,000 jobs, the authority says.

And the DN7 plan in Hatfield and Stainforth, including a proposed carbon capture power facility, business parks and link road to the M18, is expected to create almost 6,500 new jobs if it comes to fruition.

Mayor Ros Jones said: “We have always known the potential that Doncaster has to be a major player in the region, with its central location, airport and transport links and we want to take advantage of these virtues to create a vibrant town with jobs and opportunities.

“To do this we need to think outside the box and look at how we can be at the forefront of change.

“The next five years are going to be very important for the town, with some very exciting development projects planned.

“One of the areas that is already seeing such a great transformation is the area from the town across to the airport with the completion of the White Rose Way and the beginning of the FARRRs project to create a link road from the M18 to the airport.”

She said tourism was also up in Doncaster with 358,546 for the first quarter.