Ambitious plans to transform Doncaster town centre have moved closer to reality with a £18.6 million cash injection from the Government’s Levelling Up fund.
Doncaster’s bid was announced in last week’s budget as one of the first successful bids to the Fund, set up earlier this year to channel infrastructure funding into areas in need of an economic boost.
The money will fund three aligned town centre projects:
Both the Civic and Waterfront projects will also contribute to net zero 2050. Derelict buildings and contaminated brownfield will be transformed into public realm and green space respectively to create new spaces within the urban centre that improve air quality and increase biodiversity.
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the funding news – this is a real boost to Doncaster.
“The funding that we’ve secured will complement all the work underway with our partners to revitalise the town centre as part of our Urban Centre Masterplan increasing the attractiveness of Doncaster to encourage more people into the town.
“We welcome this further opportunity to progress the redevelopment of key areas of the town centre that will see transformation of ageing and abandoned buildings into usable amenity space, providing an attractive public realm that encourages footfall, boosting green space and supporting active travel. In addition, developing civic pride by investing in culture, housing, infrastructure, connectivity and the environment.
“The projects will also support new businesses, many of which will create jobs, and the redevelopment of St James Baths will provide both employment opportunities and facilities that will enable residents to actively participate in sports and physical activity.”
Mayor Jones added: “We are immensely proud of Doncaster and passionate about further unlocking its huge potential as reflected in our recent bid for City Status. The £18.6m funding will assist in our journey to create a better future for our residents, businesses and visitors.”