A 300-HOME estate with a school, sports pitches and play areas in an up and coming area has been given the green light by councillors.
Work is due to start this week on the £22.6m scheme, called Dominium, which will be built at Carr Lodge just off White Rose Way in Doncaster.
The first phase of the development, which will see 329 new homes built - some for rent - is likely to take three years to complete.
The Government’s Homes and Communities Agency has appointed Keepmoat to develop the first phase, which will use surplus public land.
The firm will build 172 homes and another local company, Strata, will build 132 larger homes and 25 ‘custom build’ plots.
The final development will see 1,500 homes, a village square, primary school, youth club and a park, along with a new access road.
Keepmoat’s chief executive officer Dave Sheridan said: “We are delighted with the council’s decision to approve the first phase of this major new housing development.
“The Carr Lodge development will create an exciting new community for people to live and work and we are already receiving a lot of enquiries about the new homes that will be developed there.”
“As a national company but with a head office located in Doncaster, this is a significant project for us and we are looking forward to working in partnership with the HCA, Strata and the council to deliver high quality, affordable homes for local people.”
Alan Beveridge, area manager at the Homes and Communities Agency, added “This is the culmination of three years’ hard work to provide the roads and services as well as the homes that are needed in the local area.
“Alongside the 216 homes for sale there will be 66 homes for rent and 22 available to buy on a shared ownership basis helping to ensure that these new homes will be available to everyone.”
Work to provide improved transportation links to the site have started with the development of a new single carriageway spine road.
The road will link the roundabouts at either end of Woodfield Way, adjacent to the Tesco Supermarket at Woodfield Plantation and the Holiday Inn Express, the new Morrison’s and the White Rose Park and Ride, just off White Rose Way in Balby.
In addition to the development of 1,500 homes, a new main street and village square incorporating shops and a community hall will also be developed, with other community facilities such as a children’s nursery, a primary school, youth club, sports pitches, play areas and a park also included in the plans.
When complete, Carr Lodge will include a network of high-quality green routes, which have been designed to encourage walking and cycling and provide connections to local facilities.
The housing project will be Doncaster’s second low-carbon community.
All homes will be designed to the Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes level 3 and are designed to be ‘lifetime homes’.
Doncaster’s first low carbon scheme, also built by Keepmoat was on HCA land at Bentley.
Mark Knight, new build managing director for Keepmoat Yorkshire, said: “As a local company based in Doncaster, it means a lot to be involved in such a significant, flagship project that will have a long lasting impact on the area.”
Work is still ongoing on the White Rose Way carriageway wideing scheme while the new Morrison’s, with a park and ride linking Doncaster town centre has just opened.