one of Doncaster’s most iconic hotels is set to undergo a £4m transformation that could create more than 100 jobs.
Planning permission has been submitted to Doncaster Council for the development of The Grand St Leger Hotel in Bennetthorpe.
The plans include a restaurant, function room and bar and 33 new bedrooms following demolition of the existing stables.
Doncaster Chamber has welcomed the potential job boost the scheme would bring to the borough.
Owner John Din said an Indian restaurant, The Indus, that used to be on Silver Street would be taking up the new 200 seater restaurant as part of the redevelopment. He said: “The plans would completely transform the area and mark the return of the Indus, coming back in a bigger way. The restaurant will seat 200 people. It would be the largest restaurant in Yorkshire.
“The developments will create more than 100 jobs and wherever possible we are intending to use local suppliers, local builders and staff so it will provide a massive boost to the economy in Doncaster”
The plans are currently under consideration by Doncaster Council and a date for a decision has not yet been set.
Within the planning documents it states: “The proposals will by definition bring benefits to the local and regional economy. The location in close proximity to Doncaster Racecourse serves to provide marketing benefits in terms of attracting visitors and customers.
“There will be significant levels of employment created from the extensions to the hotel via the new restaurant and extra accommodation, and there will also be benefits in the short term with employment achieved during the construction period. It can be expected that the majority of jobs will be filled from the local area.”
Dan Fell, deputy chief executive of Doncaster Chamber said: “The Chamber always welcomes new investment into Doncaster and the possible creation of new jobs for local people.
“In the current climate many businesses are sensibly diversifying into new products, services or markets; it is fairly clear to us that those businesses that have diversified are those that are currently in the strongest position, or best placed to grow when the economy recovers.
“With the Chancellor expected to paint a comparatively gloomy picture of the economy this sounds like very welcome and timely news.”