The new affordable homes at Furlong Park in Wheatley

First residents move into council houses on new estate

The first residents are moving into a new council house scheme recently built on a Doncaster estate.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 6:00 am

Based at Furlong Park – the site of the former Wheatley School and playing fields off Leger Way, new homeowners were given the keys to their new properties.

As part of the scheme, there are 37 affordable properties which are part of Doncaster Council’s five year Housing Delivery Programme (HDP) that was officially approved earlier this year. In total, 143 homes will be built on the site by 2023.

Doncaster Council owned the land until 2019 until it was sold to Avant Homes with the intention of securing a number of affordable properties.

The 5-year HDP forecasts 1,458 affordable properties, including 534 through the Council House Build Programme through the aims of Mayor Ros Jones’s cabinet to spend £100m.

Coun Glyn Jones, deputy mayor and cabinet member for housing, said: “It’s great to be able to make progress on this latest building project in the borough and provide quality homes for our residents.

“Affordable housing is crucial given the current economic climate and we’re grateful to all partners pulling in the same direction. Our new strategy and council homes delivery plan says we are going to commit to delivering a range of new homes and we’re going to fulfil that commitment.”

Chris Coley, Avant Homes’ Yorkshire managing director, said: “We are very pleased to see the keys for the first of our affordable homes at Furlong Park handed over.

“We are proud to support the delivery of affordable housing in conjunction with our larger private development scheme in Doncaster.

“It’s great to see this project begin to mature into an occupied development and one which will only grow in strength as we progress further into the site. We wish the owners many years of happiness in their new home.”

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