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12 Oct 2021

Mixed-use development with potential to create more than 1,100 jobs in Doncaster approved

Plans for a 25-acre development of retail, leisure, food and drink, community and health space and new homes in Hayfield Green near Auckley - ultimately creating more than 1,100 jobs have been approved.

Doncaster Council’s Planning Committee has today (12 Oct) granted permission to Peel L&P’s Central Plaza mixed-use scheme which includes shops, community facilities, offices, retail, apartments, restaurants and up to three hotels.

Central Plaza would be built in close proximity to Peel L&P’s proposed Innovation Quarter – an advanced manufacturing and logistics hub which already has planning consent.

The scheme would also provide amenities to Doncaster Sheffield Airport such as new hotels and a petrol filling station. Doncaster Sheffield Airport anticipates growth in passenger number of 56% next year as low-cost flights are now more readily available.

Both schemes are key components of Peel L&P’s £1.7bn GatewayEast development, South Yorkshire’s largest opportunity for sustainable social and economic growth which overall will boost Sheffield City Region’s economy by £6.5bn within 15 years, creating 35,000 jobs across the Region and up to 3,000 new homes across GatewayEast.

When complete, the Central Plaza development itself is expected to be worth around £250m per year to the local economy, creating around 1,160 full time jobs and providing much-needed amenities for nearby existing and future residents, workers and businesses who currently have to travel to reach such facilities. 

The development would be highly accessible to existing nearby residential communities and employment areas which currently lack major provision of retail and other service uses. It will also be centrally located relative to all proposed developments within GatewayEast. Its delivery would reduce the need for existing and future residents and workers to travel to access key facilities.

Around five acres of green infrastructure are included in the plans such as planting new wildflowers and woodland edging.  

GatewayEast provides opportunities for 11 million square feet of residential and commercial space across distinct zones covering advanced manufacturing, logistics, cargo and airside operations which will be accompanied by Central Plaza’s retail, commercial, leisure and residential offer.

Neal Biddle, Development Director for Peel L&P’s GatewayEast said: “Our plans for Central Plaza and our advanced manufacturing and logistics hub at the Innovation Quarter are all part of a wider masterplan with DSA to boost local and regional economies and level up the country by creating more opportunities for local people.

“We’re working in partnership with DSA, Doncaster Council and South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority to create a hub for innovation, green industries and high-tech manufacturing at GatewayEast, building on the success of South Yorkshire’s industrial past to attract further innovation investment from across the globe.  This is alongside prime logistics space to accommodate the increasing fast-paced demand for consumer products and business supplies, providing a broad range of job opportunities.

“Central Plaza is an essential component of our vision as it will provide much-needed amenities for people who already live and work locally as well as those we hope to attract in years to come and we’re pleased the council has resolved to grant planning permission for the development.”

Daniel Fell, Chief Executive Officer at Doncaster Chamber said: “GatewayEast and Doncaster Sheffield Airport are strategically important sites for business growth and innovation in South Yorkshire as well as the North of England.

“The Central Plaza development complete with homes, local amenities, retail, leisure and office space is a much-needed asset to support this growth and this planning approval is a step in the right direction to help secure future investment in the area.”