Doncaster play centre plan brings jobs hope

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DOZENS of jobs could soon be created under plans to redevelop a former Doncaster luxury motorcycle showroom into a children’s play park.

Plans have been drawn up to convert the former St Leger Harley Davidson dealership on Bullrush Grove, near Balby, into a soft play facility which would cater for children and toddlers.

The man behind the scheme, Doncaster businessman Mike Irwin, has submitted plans for the scheme to Doncaster Council as he needs planning permission before he can move the scheme forward, and is in talks with the building’s landlords and soft play equipment manufacturer.

But he and the planning consultants he is working with believe the location is ideal.

Mr Irwin said: “We are looking at creating something unique and are hoping to create something with a wow factor. We are going to see what we can create.

“Doncaster has Astrabound, another soft play centre, and we want to do something with a slightly different edge. We may focus on the sensory side of things to allow children with disabilities to use it too. We may do it with a bigger toddler area.

“We would be looked at creating at least 20 jobs initially.”

It is the second site in Doncaster Mr Irwin has looked at as a possible site for a soft play centre in Doncaster.

He had previously hoped to create a facility at an industrial estate in Thorne.

But the plans were turned down by Doncaster Council after members of the borough’s planning committee raised concerns over the parking arrangements for the warehouse on Thorne Industrial Estate, on King Edward Road.

He said: “I think the site we’re looking at would be a great place. It has its own private car park and it is a retail area.”

The St Leger Harley Davidson site has not been occupied since the dealership closed last July, with the loss of 15 jobs.

It was part of the Summer Retail Group.