Concerns over Belle Vue plans

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Developers hoping to build on Doncaster Rovers’ former ground say it will not be viable unless planning rules change.

Barratt Homes says its proposals for Belle Vue would not be viable if Doncaster Council does not give more time before the firm has to pay a contribution towards affordable housing and open space.

The firm was granted permission in June for 151 homes subject to the agreement obliging it to pay for off-site provision of affordable housing, public open space, education facilities and highway improvements.

Payment of the 
£1.27 million was to be triggered when work started, and with two later payments triggered by finishing the 25th and 75th homes.

However, Barratt has requested the two later triggers be the 83rd and 120th homes. #

The matter was due to be debated today by members of Doncaster Council’s planning committee.

A pre-meeting report to members, from council officers, says: “Barratt advises the cash flow from the development would mean it is only at these later points sufficient funds would be available to pay the two £382,000 sums without having to incur other costs to the development.

“Barratt advises payment on the triggers agreed at committee would lead to additional £80,000 finance costs and make the development unviable.”

Belle Vue has been lying derelict since Rovers left in December 2006 to move to the Keepmoat Stadium.

Officials view the location as an important gateway site for people coming into town.