Consultation starts on house building proposals

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A HOUSING association has started consultation with the public over plans to build more than 100 new houses in Thorne.

Jephson set up its own market stall as part of the campaign to raise awareness in the local community about the joint proposals with Doncaster Council to redevelop a currently empty site in the village next to Willow Grove.

Jephson has also held a community consultation day at Thorne’s Coronation Club, where local people were able to discuss the development plans and give their thoughts.

Jephson Development and Property Asset Manager Alison Day said: “It is the first time we’ve taken our proposals out to seek the opinions of shoppers and it was a really good way of finding out what local people think.

“Both the market stall and the Coronation Club event attracted lots of interest and we found people were really keen to see the area regenerated to provide quality affordable homes.

“Many people had questions to ask and we were able to give assurances that we were not only working in partnership with Doncaster Council and St Leger Homes, but also that the creation of local jobs and apprenticeship opportunities would be high on our agenda for the project and written into our contract requirements.”

Jephson is aiming to submit a planning application for 111 homes this summer and hopes the project will start in the spring of 2012.