Green light for houses on former tractor factory site

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PROPOSALS to redevelop the site of a former Doncaster tractor factory look set to go ahead.

Doncaster Council planning committee has approved plans which would see the former McCormick tractor factory on Wheatley Hall Road redeveloped.

The factory closed at the end of 2007 when the company transferred production at the site to Italy, ending a 60-year history of tractor manufacture on the site.

Councillors granted outline planning permission at a meeting at Mansion House, although full detailed planning permission still has to be given before work can start on the site.

Under the proposals outlined by Birmingham-based Dooba Properties Ltd, the factory site will be replaced with 800 homes, a retirement village, sports centre, health centre, shops, offices and pub.

Part of the site will also be used as employment land, with the plans proposing some areas being used for offices, research, general industry and warehousing, and trades, which would be land on the northern end of the site.

The whole scheme would be on a 100-acre site.

The developer has warned the cost of developing what was previously a site used by industry will mean there will not be a cheap housing component of the scheme.

There will also be work done to Wheatley Hall Road to allow access to the site, according to information which went before the committee.