Power plant set to create 900 jobs

Doncaster  Mayor Peter Davies.

Doncaster Mayor Peter Davies.

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Doncaster is set for a 900 strong jobs boost following the approval of a £984 million gas power station.

The gas plant at Thorpe Marsh is expected to create around 800 construction jobs, and then provide work for around 100 permanent staff when it comes into operation.

The plans will see the six famous cooling towers, visible from the M18 and the South Yorkshire Navigation canal, demolished as part of the construction.

Planning permission has also been submitted for a £35 million scheme to transform a town centre wasteland into a thriving business hub could that could create 650 new jobs if it is approved.

Proposals include new business units and shops - including a food superstore - new premises for existing businesses and 870 parking spaces in the Marshgate area between the old North Bridge and HMP Doncaster.

The site, formerly owned by Dixons Motors, is owned by the Royal Bank of Scotland, which took over Dixons in 2002.

A council spokesman confirmed West Register Property, which is acting on behalf of RBS, submitted the application and a decision is expected in the new year.

Speaking about the power station approval Peter Davies, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “I am delighted to see Thorpe Marsh power station receiving approval, we will now be working hard to promote jobs and opportunities for local people.”

The power station will be built on the coal-powered generator which was closed in 1994.

Kath Muschamp, chairman of the parish council at nearby Barnby Dun, said she welcomed the jobs - but felt the famous landmarks would be missed. She said: “People will miss the cooling towers because they are a landmark. If you are coming down on the M18 you look for the cooling towers.”

The scheme has been cleared by the Government after its own inspectors decided it would not cause problems in its visual appearance or noise levels.

Meanwhile, it was announced that Yorkshire and Humber will benefit from cash to create 3,000 direct jobs and 13,700 indirect jobs under the second round of bids for the Regional Growth Fund (RGF).

Doncaster was one of the beneficiaries in the first round of RGF bids, receiving £18 million - the biggest single award - for the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) scheme that could create up to 24,000 in the long term.