Hundreds of jobs if plan goes ahead

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AN ambitious plan to finally complete Doncaster Leisure Park could bring up to 400 jobs to the town if it is given the go-ahead next week.

Councillors are set to discuss plans to develop a multi-million plaza of restaurants, terrace cafes and a pub on an area of derelict land at Lakeside.

The area, dubbed by developers as the Herten Triangle, has been an empty patch of wasteland for many years, occupying a site between the Asda supermarket and the Vue cinema.

But the site could finally be transformed if Doncaster Council’s planning committee agree to give the the green light to the scheme at a meeting next Tuesday.

Developers GMI Property outlined their plans for the £10 million project earlier this summer - and want to build a family pub, separate restaurant, two drive through restaurants and a terrace of six cafes and shops on the land.

The plot has never been occupied since the leisure park was first created in the 1980s and is one of the last remaining areas near The Dome available for commercial use.

If given the go-ahead, work could get under way early next year.

Project manager Deborah Doyle said: “We are keen to get started - the site is proving very popular at the moment with a great deal of interest.”

She added that a number of potential restaurant firms had been in talks about the site, showing “significant interest” but said that it due to confidentiality agreements, names could not be divulged at this stage.

The Lakeside site already includes a McDonald’s restaurant, a branch of Frankie and Bennys, The Cheswold family pub as well as eating options within The Dome, Asda, Doncaster Superbowl and Vue Cinema.

It is hoped that the scheme will create 380 full-time jobs and will also add to GMI’s property portfolio in South Yorkshire after the firm’s construction and completion of Rotherham United’s New York Stadium earlier this summer.