Angry parents have blasted plans to build more than 150 new homes, amid fears they will lose a popular community ‘beach’.
National developer Muse developments plans to build the new homes on land to the north of Lakeside – though a planning application is yet to be submitted to Doncaster Council.
Residents were made aware of the plans when they received an invitation to a public consultation meeting earlier this month.
The leaflet says: “The site, on plots 13 and 14, borders the north shore of the lake with views towards the parkland and buildings that surround it.
“It is well served by shops and services, existing roads and public transport and is considered to be a sustainable location for new residential development.”
Lucy Roberts, who lives at Belle Vue, said the picturesque nature of the site is one of the reasons why the area should be left alone.
She said: “It’s the only area left around the lake that has not already been built on or is not overtaken by businesses.
“I have two boys and we like to go have picnics in that area during the summer – we call it the beach area. If they build 150 houses there won’t be anywhere for us to go anymore.
“Events take place there too, but they’ll be no space for them either. The events will have to be moved elsewhere or just stop all together.
“Lots of parents, like myself, also use it as a cut-through to Lakeside Primary School.
“Myself and my neighbours don’t want this to happen, but we feel like no matter what we say the developers are going to do it anyway.”
A spokesman for Muse Developments said they have listened to comments from residents and will take them in to account – but they will still be seeking planning permission.
James Scott, senior development surveyor, said: “We take our responsibility of engaging with the local community very seriously and have undertaken an extensive consultation exercise on plans for a development of new family homes at Lakeside.
“We have received valuable feedback on the proposals, which will inform the design process going forward.
“This development will provide much-needed high quality and contemporary new family housing in an excellent location well served by local amenities and transport links.”
Dave Wilkinson, Doncaster Council assistant director of trading services and assets, said: “No planning application has been received, but the developer has been carrying out their own community consultation which is encouraged by the Government.
“When we receive a planning application, it will be publicised in the usual manner by site notice and press advertisement.”
It is not yet known when a planning application will be submitted.