Coltran Mill in Mexborough could be converted. Credit: planning documents

Developers line up Doncaster residential

Schemes from Persimmon, Crest Nicholson and TIRTLR10 go under the spotlight next week, with close to 350 homes tipped for approval.

Doncaster’s planning committee meets on 25 July with three applications for residential development on the agenda.

The first, from Persimmon Homes, is returning to committee following deferral at the 27 June meeting, when members requested a site visit to better assess the impact on highways.

Persimmon wants to deliver 187 homes on land south of Doncaster Road in Cantley, on a site between the McAuley high school and the M18. Of these, 43 homes are proposed as affordable.

Johnson Mowat Planning is advising the York-headquartered housing giant.

Although the site is allocated for housing in the local plan – accounting for 15.5 acres of the 27-acre allocated land parcel – the project has nevertheless raised 30 objections, while Cllr Jane Cox specifically requested it be heard at committee due to traffic concerns.

The council’s own highways department has raised no objection, and officers recommend approval. However, a contribution towards education budgets of £1.3m is requested.

Crest Nicholson has also attracted some opposition with its plans to build 69 homes on land south of Melton Road, Sprotborough. Again, the site is allocated within the updated local plan, and the site has an indicative capacity of up to 80 homes.

The housebuilder, advised by Pegasus Group, plans to build homes of between two to five bedrooms, along with eight one-bed maisonettes, There will be 16 affordable homes included, across the maisonettes and three- and four-bedroom homes.

Approval is recommended, with payments for education, public open space, biodiversity net gain and a Green Belt contribution amounting to around £680,000.

The final proposal, for Church Street in Mexborough, has only received four objections. Applicant TIRTLR10, a vehicle headed by The Investment Room and Lettings Room  property entrepreneur Lee Jones, has put forward a scheme including 26 dwellings with associated landscaping and car parking, along with 60 apartments in a conversion of Coltran Mill.

The application site is located in the old part of Mexborough, to the immediate north of the Don Navigation canal and south-east of the town centre.

Sheffield-based 2131 Architects has designed the scheme, with ELG Planning leading on the planning application.

Again, approval is recommended, with the upside of bringing a positive use to the mill, for which a local listing is being sought, seemingly a priority. Officers said: “Whilst the application does not fully meet design policies, the application is a balance of material planning considerations.

“Given that the site is subject to viability, the application will still provide a public open space contribution, and the development will preserve and bring back into use a non-designated local landmark building of historic significance. On a balance of considerations this weighs in support of the application.”

The applications can be viewed on Doncaster’s planning portal with the references 21/03645/FULM (Persimmon), 22/02358/FULM (Crest Nicholson) and 22/00404/FULM (TIRTLR10).

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