Work on stalled homes plan could now begin next spring

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A DERELICT site in Edlington could finally see building work start next year.

Doncaster Council’s cabinet has approved plans by Keepmoat Homes for 387 new homes in Edlington on its Granby estate.

It clears the way for the developer to finalise an agreement with the council so building work can begin.

Mayor Peter Davies and his cabinet have also agreed to make funding available to clear the remaining properties on the estate.

The work had stalled after the Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder scheme ended in April 2011.

Keepmoat Homes has submitted a plan to build 272 houses for private sale and a further 115 for social rent.

Building work is anticipated to start on site in Spring 2012.

Coun Ray Mullis, cabinet member for housing and a ward member for Edlington, said: “This is fantastic news for the people of Edlington, and it follows the recent cabinet approval to regenerate the former Thompson Avenue and Dixon Road site.

“Despite central government withdrawing funding for the Housing Pathfinder scheme, Doncaster Council has continued to commit to this initiative, which means the redevelopment of the Granby Estate will continue.”

David Ward, managing director of Keepmoat Homes Yorkshire, added: “Reaching this stage despite the economic challenges faced over the past few months shows real commitment by all.”