A critical mass of regeneration projects and developments are making Doncaster ripe for investment.
Major infrastructure projects, regeneration schemes and housing developments are stimulating private sector growth, attracting new investment and boosting the economy.
Scott Cardwell, Doncaster Council’s assistant director of development, is attending MIPIM (12-15 March) to promote the opportunities as part of the Sheffield City Region delegation.
Scott said: “Doncaster is on a major upward curve with a hive of activity taking place in the town centre and right across our borough. We are delivering countless key projects which are transforming the town, improving perceptions of Doncaster and most importantly supporting new investment, economic growth and job creation.
“Interest from the private sector is exceptionally strong as they have the utmost confidence in where Doncaster is heading and can see the raft of exceptional opportunities we have available. We will be showcasing our transformational developments and key opportunities at MIPIM to encourage people to join us and benefit from our exciting regeneration journey.”
Recent years has seen a booming housing market in Doncaster with the town outperforming many larger and neighbouring authorities.
In each of the last three years over 1,000 new homes have been built (1,088 in 2015/16, 1,067 in 2016/17 and 1,208 in 2017/18) and this trend is continuing.
More than 900 homes have been delivered so far in 2018/19 (as at Quarter 3) and full year forecasts highlight over 1,000 new homes will be built in Doncaster for a record, fourth consecutive year.
The demand for land and the growth in planning applications indicate this trend is long term and shows the confidence house builders, home buyers and investors have in the borough’s economy.
Doncaster Sheffield Airport is now the fastest growing airport outside of London and was voted No1 for customer satisfaction in a recent survey.
Great Yorkshire Way, the new link road from the M18, has certainly helped. The airport is expecting 2019 to be its busiest year to date with almost 1.5 million passengers forecasted.
Over 400 acres of prime development land surrounds the airport including space for new hangar builds, warehousing and manufacturing space. There are also exciting plans for a new train station which will enhance growth and opportunities by linking the airport to the East Coast Main Line.
The Unity Project is a major scheme being developed by Waystone. The grand masterplan will transform brownfield land off Junction 5 of the M18 into a sustainable new community. It will include up to 3,100 new homes and deliver over 9,000 jobs.
New shops, learning and healthcare facilities, green open spaces for the local community and a new marina will be created. Work to connect this development directly to the M18 and M180 motorways starts in April helping to unlock potential inward investment of £800 million.
The Urban Centre Masterplan is transforming Doncaster’s town centre with a string of impressive projects underway and some about to be completed.
The comprehensive plan builds on Doncaster success stories setting out a new framework for developing the centre to maximise its assets and make it highly desirable for business, investors, visitors and residents.
Work has progressed rapidly on transforming the historic Wool Market which will open its doors in March. It will help make the award winning markets a 21st Century leisure and retail destination.
The redevelopment of the train station forecourt is another scheme going well. The impressive new gateway into the town centre will showcase Doncaster’s future aspirations and make a great first impression.
Construction has started on the exciting Quality Streets scheme, which is improving the look and feel of two major streets: Hallgate and Silver Street, while great strides are being made with a new world class Central Library and Museum.
A new cinema and restaurant complex is lined up next door to the wonderful Cast performance venue and a new University Technical College is on the horizon for the Civic and Cultural Quarter too.
There are improvements planned for the retail area of Colonnades and with further exciting developments planned at Doncaster markets, the transformation of the town centre is really gathering pace.
Many of these schemes are being backed financially by Local Growth Fund (LGF) funding for the Sheffield City Region.
More information on the Sheffield City Region’s presence at MIPIM and the events they are staging is available at www.scrinvest.com/mipim/
Further information on opportunities in Doncaster can be found at: www.businessdoncaster.com