Don Valley MP Caroline Flint has welcomed the announcement by Housing Minister John Healey of a £1.3million housing scheme in Denaby Main.
The new scheme will provide 24 new council houses and is one of 23 schemes approved across the region, totalling over £23million.
Said Caroline: “I am delighted that Denaby Main will see new council housing being built. As part of the scheme there will be new apprenticeships and local recruitment of workers, a welcome boost for Doncaster’s building industry, which has been hit hard during the recession.
Ms Flint said this investment follows a pattern of Government investment in Doncaster’s housing. “Today’s announcement is part of the biggest ever investment by any Government in affordable housing. It builds on the upgrading of neighbourhoods through the Pathfinder Scheme and the improvement of the housing stock through the Decent Homes Programme.
“Thirteen years ago most council properties did not have central heating or double glazing. Today’s homes are more modern and cheaper to heat thanks to Labour.”
“However, local authorities need to have a coherent housing strategy which is about more than houses, it is about creating places where people want to live. So far in my discussions with the Mayor, he was opposed to any new housing south of Doncaster racecourse and instead claims that his first priority is to fill the supposed 5,000 empty homes in the borough. I have yet to see any plans to fill vacant properties.”
The Government has provided powers for Councils to take possession of empty properties. Doncaster’s current development plan includes a great deal of land in the South and East of the Borough which is allocated for housing.