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|Title:||Huge Jobs Boost For Doncaster|
|ID & Publication:||20130911040 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Business News |
THOUSANDS of jobs are set to be created in Doncaster as the local authority and its partners announce ambitious plans for the next five years.
Job Seekers Allowance claimants in Doncaster are currently at their lowest level in two and a half years and a new ‘Economic Growth Plan’ drawn up by Doncaster Council sets out a host of planned developments to create a wealth of further job opportunities and encourage investment across Doncaster.
Doncaster already has the second largest economy in the Sheffield City Region and over the next five years it aims to fulfil its economic potential to have one of the fastest growth rates in the region.
At the meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday (September 18), Doncaster Council set out plans for projects which include:
• The Airport Growth Corridor: Including the development of the Strategic Rail Freight Interchange known as the ‘Inland Port’ at Rossington to provide opportunities for business growth, job creation and inward investment. Developing the Inland Port is expected to create almost 6,000 new jobs, whilst the development of the Airport is expected to create over 8,000 jobs.
• Further development of key urban centre sites such as Lakeside, Waterfront, Waterdale and St Sepulchre Gate West have the potential to create almost 4,000 new job .
• The ‘DN7 initiative’ which will cover a major regeneration area with a proposed carbon capture power facility, potential low carbon business parks and a link road to the M18 to open up new housing and employment land. If the full scale of the programme comes to fruition almost 6,500 new jobs are expected to be created.
The Plan also recognises the need to increase business start-ups, support all existing businesses, and support the many sectors which have the opportunity to grow, for example manufacturing, engineering, construction, leisure, tourism and sport; and financial and business services.
It also positions Doncaster to be able to argue for its fair share of new funding and development opportunities, at a regional and national level, for the benefit of Doncaster’s businesses and residents.
Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones said now is a really exciting time for Doncaster as it attracts investment and creates jobs.
She said: ‘We have always known the potential that Doncaster has to be a major player in the region, with its central location, airport and transport links and we want to take advantage of these virtues to create a vibrant town with jobs and opportunities.
‘To do this we need to think outside the box and look at how we can be at the forefront of change. The next five years are going to be very important for the town, with some very exciting development projects planned.
‘One of the areas that is already seeing such a great transformation is the area from the town across to the airport with the completion of the White Rose Way and the beginning of the FARRRs project to create a link road from the M18 to the airport.
‘But, it is not just about this area, it is about others too. Areas such as Stainforth and Hatfield are going to benefit from low carbon business parks and many further developments are planned in the urban centre
‘We are also ensuring land for over 18,500 houses is made available in the town over the next 15 years to cater for the growing population and plug the housing shortage gap.
‘Tourism is also up in Doncaster with visitor numbers in the town at 358,546 for the first quarter of the year which is up by 48,000 compared to the same period last year. We want Doncaster to be a place which is thriving and people want to visit.’
Doncaster Council aims to ensure the Economic Growth Plan is set firmly in the context of the wider Sheffield City Region. The Plan sets out a clear strategy, based on three themes; Business Growth, Skills and Place:
Business Growth: To create the conditions which encourage business investment and innovation to Doncaster.
Place: To harness Doncaster’s asset base to support economic growth, including its urban centre, excellent connectivity, green space and large amount of land available.
Skills: To ensure that the residents of Doncaster have the skills and abilities that current and future businesses require.
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