New Doncaster homes for old garages approved

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Derelict council lock-up garages across Doncaster are being pulled down to make way for dozens of new affordable homes.

At least 45 affordable homes will be built on the garage sites over the next two years after Doncaster Council’s cabinet agreed this week to donate the land to housing associations.

It is worth around £750,000 but the council will receive a bonus from the Government of £270,000 for helping to provide new housing which is estimated to be worth £4.5 million.

Work on some new homes is ready to start straight away and some should be ready for occupation by next year.

The biggest scheme will be at Thomas Street, Edlington, where 22 units will be built.

The next in size is Princess Road, Mexborough, where 11 homes will replace empty garages which are no longer in demand.

Another eight will be built in Old Road, Conisbrough, six in Latin Gardens, Scawsby, three each in Lawn Avenue, Woodlands, and Makin Street, Mexborough and two more in The Close at Clayton.

The Government’s Homes and Communities Agency has approved funding for the schemes, which will be completed by the Guinness Northern and Johnnie Johnson housing associations.

Another gain for the council is the reduction in costs of maintenance and security at the garages, which have been attacked by vandals.

Other garage sites in Thorne, Stainforth, and Cantley are said to have the capacity for more than 250 new homes.

Street Scene cabinet member Cynthia Ransome said: “This will remove little pockets of land that are troublesome eyesores which attract fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour.

“This is a fantastic scheme and there ought to be more like it.”