Storm clouds gather over new homes plan

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Ambitious plans for homes in Doncaster – which would include more than 600 houses being built in one village – have been criticised for going against the wishes of residents.

Doncaster Council’s cabinet voted through proposals to purchase land for the Hatfield M18 link road, the latest stage in the development of the DN7 Unity Project, which could mean 3,100 homes and a 500-berth marina being built in north-east Doncaster, as well as the creation of up to 9,000 jobs .

Today, maps showing how the planned houses would be built have been revealed, along the course of the new road.

The development, which will be built across land in Stainforth, Hatfield and Dunscroft, has been heralded by Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, and the Doncaster Chamber of Commerce as good news for the borough.

However, Coun Mick Glynn, a member of Hatfield Town Council, says many villagers are opposed to the housing development.

Coun Glynn, of Doncaster Road, Hatfield, said: “People here just do not want it.

“We’ve told the borough council planners this before, but they’re just not listening.

“We are a semi-rural community here and there are already 80 houses in the village sitting empty because the demand for them is just not there.

“Three houses near me have been on the market since December, and they’ll stay that way for a while.

“Some of the land they want to build on is beautiful countryside, with some of the most beautiful walks in the country, and that will all go if they build 3,100 houses here.

“With these houses, the real question is who are they for?”

Under the Unity project proposals, 600 houses would be built just off Bootham Lane in Hatfield.

Consultation with the public began in March, with an exhibition of the plans in three locations across the proposed region. It is regarded as a ‘continuing process’.

The link road will be the first building block in the scheme, which has been allocated £14.1million of funding through the Sheffield City Region investment fund.

Four of the 15 infrastructure schemes prioritised for funding in the City Region Growth Deal are in Doncaster, with this one of them.

Mayor Jones, said: “The Unity Project will see a substantial number of high-quality new homes built and help transform the area into a thriving and prosperous community for local people.

“As well as delivering more housing, there will be significant new investment, thousands of new jobs created and the east of Doncaster will benefit from a new connection to the motorway network.

“It is a major regeneration scheme with enormous economic benefits for the local communities and the wider borough.”

A spokesman for construction firm, Waystone, part of the development team said: “Waystone have been involved in the project since 2003, investing in its long-term future.

“Together with our partner Marcol, we are keen to bring this project to the market as soon as we can and begin the regeneration process.

“We were delighted to hear the positive news from Sheffield City Region in respect of the link road, which we believe will act as a catalyst to help bring forward significant jobs and houses over a period of time with appropriate infrastructure and facilities.

“We are looking forward to working with the team at Doncaster, their stakeholders and the local community.”