Town centre view transformed by boarding and a coat of paint

Looking good: The fake facade creates a better aspect at one of the town centre landmarks.                                                                      Picture: Steve Taylor.

Looking good: The fake facade creates a better aspect at one of the town centre landmarks. Picture: Steve Taylor.

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THE side of a Doncaster cafe has been transformed into a parade of Georgian shops.

Or so it seems - until a closer look reveals the exterior wall of Prego on Hallgate is not what is seems.

Lazarus Properties, who last year demolished the derelict Odeon Cinema to create a car park, have been busy creating a wooden facade to obscure the unsightly bricked-up windows and wall, and last week painted it to give the impression of a Georgian frontage to match other buildings on Hallgate.

Scott Cardwell, Doncaster Councils’ assistant director of development and regeneration, said: “The former Odeon cinema site is owned by Lazarus Properties who have temporary planning permission to use it as a car park.

“As part of this permission the remaining parts of the building have been clad to make sure it is in keeping with the existing conservation area. Trees will be planted. Planning permission to redevelop the site for a mixture of shops, office and leisure facilities still stands.”