Interview: Scott Cardwell from Doncaster
Fri 25th November 2016, 10:39 am
Sitematch London is not just about regeneration in the capital. Scott Cardwell, assistant director for development at Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, speaks about the decision to attend the event and what the council has to offer developers.
Can you say something about your role and responsibilities at the council?
I head up the development and economic arm of Doncaster Council and I’m responsible for the following services: major regeneration and infrastructure projects, inward investment, business support, tourism, strategic housing, development management, building control, local plans, skills, enterprise and apprenticeships.
What are you looking to discuss at Sitematch?
I genuinely think the potential investors we meet at Sitematch will be blown away by the amount of quality opportunities that we have in Doncaster – [I am] really looking forward to forging some links and relationships with investors.
What are the key development opportunities in Doncaster?
We have the fastest growing airport in the UK with over 1,600 acres [nearly 650ha] to be developed. Sixty-five acres of this already has permission for office, manufacturing and logistics and is ready for developers to invest in. Our urban centre has several large council-owned development sites adjacent to the rail station which has amazing connectivity to London [88 minutes] and the rest of the country.
Project Unity is one of the largest regeneration schemes in the UK. We have recently granted permission for 3,100 dwellings and 41 hectares of employment land.
We also have a European Tour Golf development taking place which will create a world championship course lined with luxury homes. The consortium taking this forward are interested in speaking to potential investors in the scheme and residential developers.
Why should a developer invest in Doncaster?
We are seeing rapid growth in our economy and have excellent connectivity. Combine this with relatively low land values, some fantastic major developments and existing local assets and a council with a 'can-do attitude' and you have ideal conditions for investment.
What are the qualities you look for in private sector developer partners?
A strong track record of delivery is key. Also; strong partnership qualities and a solution-focused approach to scheme implementation.
To secure your place at the event and book a meeting with Doncaster, contact Josie Brewer on 020 7978 6840.