Housebuilding in Doncaster hits 21st century record

A building site in Doncaster. PIcture: David Kessen
A building site in Doncaster. PIcture: David Kessen
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Housebuilding in Doncaster has hit its highest level this century.

Official figures revealed by Donaster Council bosses reveal that 1,173 new homes were built across the borough in the 2017/18 financial year.

It is the highest number since 1998/99.

The figure beats the previous 21st century record of 1,170 housing completions in 2015/16 and means average number of new homes created in the last three years stands at 1,133 per year.

The record figure represents a 300 per cent increase from the depth of the recession in 2010/11 when annual completions fell below 400 and officials believe it shows confidence house builders and buyers now have in Doncaster.

Included in the 2017/18 figure are 169 new affordable homes. Doncaster Council has run an affordable housing programme which has been supported by grant funding from Homes England, the council’s housing association partners and from the council’s own house building investments.

Coun Glyn Jones, deputy mayor and cabinet member for housing and equalities, said: “The record number of new homes created across our borough is testament to our commitment to see a wide range of quality homes built that suit the needs, wants and budgets of our residents.

“With numerous big housing developments underway like the Dominon scheme at Woodfield Plantation and planning permission approved for major schemes like Waystone’s J5 M18 Unity Project, which will transform Hatfield, Stainforth and Dunscroft and deliver about 3,100 new homes, the housebuilding boom in Doncaster is set to continue in the future too.”

The new homes built in Doncaster have included prestigious high end homes, family homes, affordable homes, extra care accommodation to promote independent living and council houses.

Coun Jones added: "We have numerous exciting developments and infrastructure schemes like Great Yorkshire Way which are delivering on the jobs and growth front. We also have a growing number of tourist attractions and events like the Yorkshire Wildlife Park and Tour de Yorkshire. When these factors are combined with our exceptional transport links to all corners of the UK, Europe and beyond, it is easy to see why Doncaster is becoming an attractive place to live, work, visit and invest in. There is certainly strong demand for new homes in Doncaster.”