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Campaigners win housing battle

Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones launches the council's Fostering recruitment drive. Picture: Antony Oxley

Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones launches the council's Fostering recruitment drive. Picture: Antony Oxley

Planning permission for a controversial Doncaster housing development been refused – as the site will not deliver affordable homes.

The council’s planning committee refused to give David Fielder Homes permission to build houses on land off Highfield Road.

Residents had fiercely opposed the scheme, with a petition of 85 signatures and four letters of objection.

Former ward councillor Ros Jones – now elected mayor – had also objected on the grounds that Highfield Road was unsuitable for the additional traffic the site would generate.

Concerns were also raised about flooding as the site is on a flood plain.

Askern ward councillor Iris Beech said: “I think residents will be happy about the decision as there was a lot of opposition and strong feelings about it.

“There were a number of concerns including flooding issues – you only have to look at pictures that have been circulating of someone sitting on top of an inflatable, on flood water at the site, to realise how bad it is.”
A report stated concerns had been raised the development would place a significant burden on Highfield Road and add pressure to the drainage system that has caused flooding in the past. The application did not identify the type of housing to be built and there were concerns the development may not provide the types of housing needed in the area.

It was refused on the basis it would not deliver affordable homes and would include no public open space.

 

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