Chris Whitwood, Yorkshire Party candidate for Mayor of Doncaster, outlines bold plan to protect Doncaster's historic buildings and ensure our community's history and identity.
In a second of a series of five policy announcements ahead of this May’s Mayoral election, Chris Whitwood, the Yorkshire Party candidate for Mayor of Doncaster, has announced a plan to protect Doncaster’s at-risk historic buildings.
“I’ve spoken to hundreds of Doncaster residents in the last few months and a great many people have told me that they feel Doncaster is neglected. This neglect is no more evident than in Doncaster’s wonderful, historic buildings, too many of which appear to have been left to crumble by Doncaster Council and seemingly unscrupulous developers.
“The plan I am announcing today will change that.”
Under Chris Whitwood’s plan, within one month of his election, Doncaster Council will complete a thorough audit of buildings with historic value that are potentially at-risk. The results of this audit will inform new council policies, which will be designed to ensure Doncaster’s magnificent history is no longer left to crumble. These new policies could include new planning guidelines containing a presumption against the demolition of any building identified as having historic value, and an aggressive programme of Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) to ensure developers no longer feel able to destroy Doncaster’s heritage.
Chris Whitwood added,
“For too long, Doncaster Council has sat idly by while our community’s history and identity has been destroyed. This will change on the 4th May.”