Green lights for developers over proposals for 85 houses

Labour candidate Iris Beech held Askern Spa Ward at the election vote 2014 for Doncaster at Doncaster Racecourse. Picture: Andrew Roe
Labour candidate Iris Beech held Askern Spa Ward at the election vote 2014 for Doncaster at Doncaster Racecourse. Picture: Andrew Roe

Plans for a major housing development in a Doncaster community have been given the go-ahead.

But a number of other high-profile schemes are still having to wait for planning permission after councillors deferred on making other decisions.

Doncaster Council’s planning committee has agreed to full planning permission for 85 homes south of Malton Way, Adwick, on a 2.5 hectare site.

But plans for 147 houses at Lakeside Boulevard, and 196 homes at Wright Business Park, have been deferred.

The Adwick site is known as Chase Park, and is next to the Great North Road on its eastern boundary, with open countryside beyond that.

Prior to the application being submitted, leaflets were hand-delivered to around 89 addresses in the area.

The information comprised a four-page flyer, comments form and return envelopes.

The main concerns raised by residents included reduced countryside views from existing properties, unwanted light pollution and a potential increase in traffic, both during and after the construction.

There was one letter of support sent into the council, getting behind the development of what was described as a brownfield site.

English Heritage initially objected to the scheme because back gardens of properties faced the Roman Ridge and there were concerns about fly-tipping on what is a scheduled ancient monument.

But the plans were amended to ensure properties fronted onto the Roman Ridge and English Heritage removed its objection.

The site was originally earmarked to be used by businesses, but no applicants had come forward with any suitable proposals in 14 years.

It was decided a contribution of £150,000 towards off-site open space improvements should be made as a condition of the scheme’s approval.

A council spokesman said: “It is suggested that the commuted sum be used to enhance the open space at the end of Elmwood Avenue and further consultation is being undertaken with ward members and the neighbourhood manager on this.”

After the hearing, planning committee chairman Coun Iris Beech said: “We are badly in need of housing in this area.”

The Lakeside Boulevard plans were for a plot of land behind the cinema and Cheswold pub, bordering the site of St Peter’s Catholic primary school.

But the committee deferred its decision until it gets more information about the site’s biodiversity.

An amended application for 112 houses and 84 flats at the Wright Business Park, at Stevens Road, Balby, was deferred because the committee wanted more information on the scheme, which was first approved in 2008.