Homes plan finally underway on site next to Doncaster miners’ welfare club with sale of land helping future of ‘vital community asset’
A long running saga to build homes on the grounds of a Doncaster miners welfare club is finally underway, years after it was first proposed.
Gleeson Homes has started building 49 homes on land next to Askern Miners’ Welfare Club on Manor Way with the sale of the land going directly back to the club for refurbishments.
The application was first brought to the planning committee over three years ago and took four hearings before the application was passed.
Committee members, Askern councillors, the wider community and the club were all in favour of the development but stumbling blocks came in the way of council planners who said the development would encroach on the Green Belt – despite objections the land was derelict and unused.
The Coal Industry Society Welfare Organisation (CISWO) also said documents signed by club trustees in 2011 means any sale will revert to them.
The hearings heard approving the scheme was ‘much needed’ for the future of the club and to keep a ‘vital community asset’ for Askern.
The meetings also heard how the club hosts football, cricket, brass band practices, Askern 10K race and various other events.
With the first homes set to be released for sale in May, the development, named Spa Fields, will see this brownfield site transformed into two, three and four bedroom semi and detached homes, all complete with off-road parking and gardens.
Andrew Davies, regional managing director at Gleeson said: “We are delighted to have begun work on Spa Fields, right beside Askern Miners Welfare Club. At the heart of the community the new homes built here will serve local people, including young, first time buyers families on low to average incomes, giving them the opportunity to make their first steps onto the property ladder.
“Askern is a great area, with plenty of amenities right on the doorstep, including, good schools, parks, and supermarkets.
“Our financial contribution will help secure the Miners Welfare club’s future, and see a cornerstone of the community improved and continue to provide local people with the opportunity to participate in grassroots sports and local hobby groups who will meet in the club.”