New Doncaster Council office plans approved

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About 1,400 council staff will work from the offices

Plans for new offices for Doncaster Council have been approved by the planning authority.

The £37m five-storey building will form part of a £300m development in the Waterdale area of the town.

A new civic square, entertainment venue and town-centre flats are also planned for the area.

Mayor, Peter Davies, said the new offices would provide "virtually everything residents want to know or do...under one roof".

About 1,400 council staff will work from the complex.

'Improving image'

Mr Davies said: "In bringing all town centre council services into one modern office complex, residents will no longer have to wander between different locations to make inquiries or complete applications.

"Virtually everything residents want to know or do will be under one roof and this will enable the council to deliver the first class service they deserve."

Construction of the offices is expected to start by the end of the year and is estimated to take two years to complete.

Jonathan Wood, cabinet member for business and regeneration at Doncaster Council, said he hoped the scheme would improve the town's image, create jobs and attract new business and investment.

"Planning consent for the new civic offices is tremendous news," he added.

"The new offices will play an important role in the success of Doncaster's civic and cultural quarter by drawing people into the area."

The council has attracted much negative press in recent years.

The government stepped in after it was judged as "failing" and incapable of making improvements in an Audit Commission report in April.

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