Social housing for the elderly to be built on derelict site

Independent Ray Mullis, who defeated sitting canidate, Labour's Margaret Ward, in the Edlington and Warmsworth ward, is pictured celebrating with his wife Georgina Mullis.
Independent Ray Mullis, who defeated sitting canidate, Labour's Margaret Ward, in the Edlington and Warmsworth ward, is pictured celebrating with his wife Georgina Mullis.
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PLANS to rebuild one of Doncaster’s most notorious estates have finally got the go-ahead.

Doncaster Council’s Cabinet has approved plans by Housing 21 for 176 homes in Edlington to be built on a site which was a byword for dereliction and destruction.

Until the boarded-up terrace houses on Thomson Avenue and Dixon Road were cleared a few years ago, they had become a magnet for vandals who were constantly setting fire to the abandoned properties.

But the transformation should begin next year when work started on a development which will provide 90 houses for private sale, 52 two-bedroom apartments for adults with extra care needs and 34 two-bed bungalows for adults with extra care needs.

Of the 86 dwellings for those with extra care needs, 49 will be for social rent and supported by housing benefit, 17 for shared ownership and 20 will be for private sale.

Builders are expected to start on site next February or March with completion of the extra care apartments and bungalows within three years, and five years for the private sale houses.

Coun Ray Mullis, cabinet member for housing and Edlington ward member, said: “This is tremendous news for the people of Edlington and I am delighted to see the regeneration of the town moving forwards.

“Both the Mayor and myself are really pleased that after some intensive work to bring this site forward that we can now realise our commitment to the people of Edlington that this site will finally be redeveloped.

“This new development will help address our need for more homes for families on low incomes, and also for modern 21st century properties suitable for our more vulnerable older residents.

“The principles and standards behind this initiative have also been shaped by a panel of older people who have been working with us for to help advise on how we can improve housing for Doncaster’s ageing population.”