Doncaster is set for a 1,700 jobs boost after a plan for a business park near Robin Hood Airport was given the green light.
And the proposal by Peel Investments North Ltd could see the neighbouring Robin Hood Airport on par with more established airports across the UK, claim experts from the developer behind both the airport and the new business park.
Doncaster Council’s planning committee gave the thumbs up to the application, which will include a pub, plus office and industrial land, east of Poplars Farm in Hurst Lane. Peel representative Dave Trimingham said: “The airport and Peel have invested significantly in this area and this application relates to the next phase in the investment.
“It will facilitate more employment growth, in industries such as logistics, technology, education and training, building on the existing employment base at the airport.
“The pub and restaurant will serve the business park users as well as nearby residents. Once full we are estimating it could employ up to 1,700 people.”
He added: “This business park will see Robin Hood Airport able to compete with other airports across the country, most specifically Leeds Bradford.”
Coun Mick Jameson voiced concerns from Auckley Parish Council about the possible loss of a public right of way across this site.
He said: “Can you assure us that the public will continue to have the right to walk down there?”
Mr Trimingham said he could give that assurance, adding that if there ever came a time that the path needed to be diverted it would require a separate planning application.
DMBC planning officer Mark Sewell told members: “The land is allocated as a countryside policy area currently, however within the airport master plan this land is set aside as a business park.
“We are comfortable that it fits in with the ethos of the airport and getting business parks off the ground.”
He added that access to the site has already been provided in the construction of the Robin Hood Airport road, providing a route for all modes of transport including buses, taxis, cycling and walking.
Mr Trimingham said there was no reason for concern from councillors or local residents about the road network coping with the building of the new business park, as nothing would move forward until FARRRS - the Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme - was in place.
FARRRS, given the go-ahead in June last year, is a multi-million pound link road to make the airport just a short drive from the M18.
“Peel and other partners have contributed to FARRRS, taking into account the potential of the business park,” he concluded.
There have been concerns by The Campaign to Protect Rural England that the road would ruin 89 hectares of countryside.
However, Doncaster Council said only 14 hectares of FARRRS would be built on green belt and that it acted to ‘positively protect’ the countryside.
Councillors agreed to grant permission for the proposal with the condition work on the development must begin within five years.