Work to start on six streets plan

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DEALS have been agreed to begin two major Doncaster housing schemes.

Doncaster Council has signed two development agreements with housing regeneration company Lovell which will see 123 new houses built on the previously cleared brownfield site at Six Streets in Hyde Park and 39 new houses on Kirby Street in Mexborough.

The authority says the schemes will contribute to the economy and improve the housing offer in Doncaster and also increase the attractiveness of the neighbourhoods.

The long-awaited Six Streets scheme will include 86 houses for private sale, 22 for rent through the Guinness Northern Counties housing association, and 15 available as shared ownership.

Kirby Street will include 27 houses for private sale and seven for rent through Guinness Northern Counties and five available as shared ownership.

Tenants for the rental homes will be taken from the council’s waiting list managed by Doncaster Home Choice.

Both schemes will include new highway infrastructure and enhanced public open spaces.

Full planning applications have already been granted for both schemes and Lovell is planning to make a start on site by the end of this month.

Councillor Patrick Wilson, cabinet member for housing, said: “This is fantastic news, particularly in the current economic climate and testimony to the hard work and perseverance from both parties. Doncaster is committed to working with its partners and especially the private sector to bring housing investment to areas of the Borough most in need.”

Lovell regional director Noel Adams said: “As a company, we have extensive experience in helping rejuvenate neighbourhoods through the delivery of well-designed, quality housing. We are delighted to be working with the council and Guinness Northern Counties on these major schemes.”