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Doncaster eyes 100m housebuilding programme

Doncaster Council is set to invest £100m in new affordable homes over the next five years, if plans are approved later this month.

The council’s cabinet will discuss an updated housing strategy on 12 January, which includes a new homes delivery plan to build on the work over the previous five years.

The plan will see the delivery of new homes accelerated from 10 years down to five years.

The new council housebuilding programme will be split into three delivery phases over the next five years through to 2025 with an ambition to build over 500 new council homes.

In addition, the new developments will be built on land already identified for housing and where-ever possible mainly brownfield sites.

‘We have a first class track record of delivering new homes and we want to build on that success,’ said deputy mayor and cabinet member for housing and equalities, Cllr Glyn Jones.

‘We are committed to investing in an aspirational housebuilding programme creating more new affordable homes in all parts of the borough.

‘We are looking to invest in high quality, super energy efficient, greener homes that meet the needs and wants of Doncaster residents, support wellbeing and independence and help with our climate change and biodiversity emergency agenda.

‘We want to support our local economy and help with the revitalisation of our town centres and communities. Top quality, new homes certainly deliver on this front,’ added Cllr Jones. ‘The new housing strategy and accompanying delivery plan for new homes will help us create homes fit for the future. We want good homes for everyone.’

Between 2015 and 2020 the council’s efforts saw 925 new affordable homes built.

This included £54m of council investment to provide over 400 new council homes.

‘Councils working alone cannot meet the challenges we face from climate change and an ageing population,’ added Cllr Jones.

‘By working with our residents, community organisations and other partners, we can help the people of Doncaster to protect their independence and wellbeing. We want to enable and support people to plan, act and invest in their homes.’

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