Caroline Flint has urged Doncaster Council to choose sites sensitively in planning future sites for jobs and growth.
Doncaster Council is planning land for 18,450 required for new homes and 36,000 new jobs by 2028. The MP has made a detailed submission to Doncaster’s review of sites to plan for over 17,000 and her staff visited every exhibition in the Don Valley constituency, held by the Council’s planning department.
Ms Flint has proposed that:
- Major new sites for homes should have a range of housing available at different prices and to rent.
- That proposed sites in the North of Hatfield, which must find space for 2,900 new homes, should have generous green corridors to protect existing residents.
- Towns like Thorne should be protected from expanding into open countryside and give priority to urgent investment in Thorne town centre.
- That areas of countryside to the South, east and West of Rossington are protected from development, when there is a large brownfield site at Rossington colliery with outline permission for 1,200 new homes.
- Careful consideration should be made before any permission to build housing on very low lying land in Conisbrough, after recent developments experienced flooding.
- Some small outlying villages and settlements desperately need some new affordable housing. Ms Flint is concerned that some small villages struggle to support local shops and can’t find homes for young couples.
Said Ms Flint: “Doncaster needs to grow, and jobs and homes must go hand in hand. Our borough needs space for hundreds of new firms if Doncaster is going to bring the jobs of the future. 400 hectares are needed for industry and manufacturing as well as space for new offices to locate. This consultation shows that Doncaster can be a great place to locate close to major railways and ports, with an airport on our doorstep and high speed broadband for businesses.
“If this is well planned, we can make this borough one of the North ‘s major economic centres of the next century.
“This important consultation shows why it is important that the public are listened to and proper rules are applied to new developments. The Government ideas of relaxing building on green belt and in the countryside and scrapping planning rules is a recipe for chaos.”
Picture shows PLANNING FOR JOBS ANSD GROWTH: Caroline discussing plans for new jobs and homes in Rossington with Doncaster planners, Amy Harhoff, Jeremy Johnson and Phil Wadworth. Ms Flint complimented Doncaster’s planning staff on their helpful answers at the exhibitions.