New homes are being built on the site of a former colliery in Doncaster, Yorkshire.
In total, 1,200 new homes are planned for Torne Park, the former Rossington Colliery site, but only 7 are currently under construction as part of the scheme’s first phase.
Harworth Estates, Harworth Group plc’s UK property regeneration company, has spent the last 18 months preparing land for the first phase of development, which will deliver up to 166 new homes over the next two years.
In December 2012, the company received outline planning permission for a mixed-use scheme that included up to 1,200 new homes, commercial buildings, food retail, a school, and a health centre.
Harron Homes began construction on 70 homes earlier this year as part of the first phase after obtaining detailed planning permission from Doncaster Council. The developer intends to build a variety of four-bedroom detached homes, as well as private amenity features and tree planting in public areas.
Taylor Wimpey was also granted detailed planning permission for up to 96 new homes. The developer intends to build a mix of detached and semi-detached homes in a high-quality landscape.
The construction of the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) link road, a new highway from Junction 3 of the M18 to the A638 at Parrot’s Corner, has enabled the development of Torne Park. The £56 million scheme, led by Doncaster Council and funded by the Regional Growth Fund, Harworth Estates, Peel Group, and Verdion, began in autumn 2013 and is expected to be completed by Carillion in January 2016.
The road not only allows for new housing development, but it also allows Verdion to develop its Inland Port project and significantly reduces travel times to Doncaster’s Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
“This is a milestone for Harworth Estates as a company and for the FARRRS project as a whole,” said Tim Love, Harworth Estates’ director of strategic land. We’ve arrived at this point thanks to the hard work of everyone involved in the programme, and we’re excited to deliver on our promise of up to 1,200 new homes over the next ten years.”
“We are delighted to begin work at Torne Park,” said Katie Charlesworth, Harron Homes’ sales and marketing director. We asked Doncaster’s Mayor to name this section of the development, and she chose ‘Heatherfields at Torne Park.’ We will now begin construction on the first show homes, which will be unveiled by the Mayor later this year.”
Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire’s land director, Ian Thomson, stated, “Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire is delighted to be involved in this project.” The scheme is an exciting regeneration opportunity that allows us to strengthen our presence in Doncaster by delivering high-quality housing.”
“It is fantastic to see housebuilding starting at Torne Park, which really shows that the FARRRS development is coming to fruition,” said Peter Dale, director of regeneration and environment at Doncaster Council. The scheme will create new jobs and opportunities for Doncaster residents, and the new homes will contribute to the city’s exciting period of growth.”