Denaby Redevelopment – Link Road – 1,800 Houses to be Demolished

July 1965

South Yorkshire Times 24th July 1965

Broad Outline Plan For Redevelopment Of Denaby

Link road will, it is hoped, unify it with Conisbrough

Segregation of pedestrians and traffic is envisaged in a broad outline plan for the redevelopment of Denaby Main which was approved in principle by Wednesday’s meeting of Conisbrough Urban Council.

Will be phased

The scheme will involve the demolition and redevelopment of the present site of up to 1,800 houses. Council officials told the “South Yorkshire Times” that the re-development would be phased and that the whole scheme would be a very long term project.

Coun. George Cheshire, Chairman of the Housing Committee, said, “We feel that it is a very good scheme, particularly from the point of view of segregating traffic and pedestrians. Members hope that redevelopment will be with semi-detached and terraced houses rather than with flats”.

The plan, which was submitted by the Council’s Engineer and Surveyor, Mr. J. M. Clark, gives in broad outline the land uses, road network and other features of the re-development.

Two of the main features are a road linking Doncaster Road, Denaby Main, with Old Road, Conisbrough, and a flyover to bridge the railway lines, thus ridding the district of one of its worst traffic hold-up spots.

The physical barrier

The physical barrier of Northcliffe crags has divided the communities of Denaby and Conisbrough since the two were amalgamated to form Conisbrough urban district. Councillors and officials hope that this link road will unify the district.

The fly-over, which is a County project, is a positive proposal, but Conisbrough Council have been given no commencement date.

Re-development will be in two neighbourhood units, one on each side of the proposed link road. Conisbrough’s Clerk, Mr. Eric T. Mellor, said there was a very high density of population in Denaby Main, which meant that they would have to re-develop on a lower density.


Mr. Clark said that when the whole scheme was completed it was anticipated that some 200 families would have been transferred from Denaby to Conisbrough.

Each of the two neighbourhood units would have their own subsidiary shopping facilities, but there would be a larger concentration of shops in the existing central area. Most of the other basic amenities were already in existence.

Mr. Clark said the re-development would mean a new road network. There would be no footpaths at the side of the roads, but pedestrian ways from one part of the district to the other.

The essence

“The essence of the plan is for traffic to go round the housing development rather than through it,” said Mr. Clark. “There will be rear access garaging.”

The first stage of re-development, which has already begun, will involve the clearance and re-development of 557 homes. At present 95 houses have been demolished; work is proceeding on a further 50, and work will begin on another 60 by the end of the year.