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Doncaster's first council houses in 20 years available

The first council houses to be built in Doncaster in more than 20 years will be available next month.

Doncaster Council said people will be able to move into the eight new houses at Denaby Main by mid-January.

They are part of a £2.7m development of 24 houses at Hesley Court. The remaining 16 will be ready by March.

Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies said the houses will be "a wonderful new year's gift" for families.

'Very pleasant'

He said that while the availability of the council homes was a "small beginning", it was a "remarkable achievement".

Mr Davies, an elected English Democrat Mayor, also said he would like to see a moratorium on what he called the "wretched" right-to-buy council house scheme.

"What we don't want is people getting into these new houses which will hopefully be very pleasant and then sticking in an application to buy them and removing them from the council's housing stock," he said.

The Denaby Main development has been funded in partnership with Doncaster Council and the Homes and Communities Agency and will be managed by St Leger Homes.