166 new homes scheme for former industry park

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DEVELOPERS have been given approval to go ahead with controversial plans to build over part of a Doncaster industrial estate with new housing.

Stuart Wellman wants to bulldoze the Doncaster Industry Park on Watch House Lane in Bentley to build accommodation for businesses as well as 166 new homes on the land.

Doncaster Council planning committee has now backed his scheme with outline planning permission, subject to an agreement being signed for the developer to pay for some new facilities in the area, such as public open space and affordable housing.

The scheme was approved despite concerns raised by Bentley North councillor Bill Mordue.

He warned over the impact the scheme would have on traffic levels, particularly along Watch House Lane.

He also questioned whether there was enough capacity within local schools for the development to go ahead.

Councillors were told there were too many industrial estates of the sort Mr Wellman wanted to replace, with many better located in terms of their transport links.

The site was only 56 per cent full, with that level expected to fall over the next 12 months.

Under the planned redevelopment of the site, there would be 16 buildings for business use when the scheme is completed.

A report before the committee said the business units would be smaller and built to modern standards, making them more attractive in the marketplace compared with the units which are there at present.

It said their smaller size would also encourage more neighbour-friendly business than exists.

It added the council’s education standards team had confirmed there may be a requirement to review school catchment areas in the future as a result of increased housing, and had recommended a pelican crossing be provided across Watch House Lane. Road safety experts said it was an unsuitable crossing site.