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Ground-breaking for £250m housing development

An official ground-breaking ceremony has been held for the new £250 million residential property development at Carr Lodge in South Yorkshire.The project is being delivered as a collaboration between the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Doncaster Borough Council, housing and regeneration specialists Keepmoat Homes, Strata and The Guinness Partnership.Construction efforts at the site will be carried out in a number of phases, with initial building works to include the delivery of 329 new homes.In total, the scheme will unlock land previously held by the HCA for the provision of upwards of 1,500 new residential properties in the area - a development will go a long way towards easing the housing crisis that is currently being witnessed across both South Yorkshire and the rest of the UK.David Curtis, executive director at the HCA, said: "The development starting today will protect and create jobs, and create a high quality, sustainable mixed community. The partners are offering opportunities for new homes for everyone in these times of housing difficulty helping to ensure that there will be homes to buy, rent or even build yourself."Following the completion of phase one of the project, a new main street and village square is to be constructed for the use of existing and future residents, with further community facilities - including a nursery, primary school, youth clubs and outside green spaces - to be added over the coming years.It is an ambitious project for all parties involved, but deputy mayor of Doncaster Council and cabinet member for housing councillor Glyn Jones believes the development is an excellent opportunity to boost the provision of new homes for buyers in the area and will go a long way to plugging Doncaster's existing housing gap.Jim Wren, chief executive of Strata, concluded: "We have been eagerly anticipating this start to the site and are genuinely excited about playing our part in the future of Carr Lodge." 

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