Plans for a £500,000 state-of-the-art trampoline park set to create up to 200 jobs have been given the go ahead.
Planning permission for the Go Bounce indoor trampoline park on the Shaw Lane Industrial Estate between Edenthorpe and Wheatley Hills were rubber stamped by Doncaster Council’s planning committee on Tuesday.
The team behind the town’s successful indoor play centre Astrabound are behind the scheme.
The planning committee heard there had been 129 objections to the proposal, 61 in support and a petition of support singed by 130 people.
Speaking against the plans Glenn Bath, owner of nearby trampoline park Air Kings in Edenthorpe said the demand to sustain another business in such close proximity did not exist.
He said: “To put a trampoline park there is ludicrous and the fact that the council is considering this when an identical business exists just one mile away just seems crazy.”
Mr Bath said his business, that had been open for six months, was on average operating at half capacity and the demand for another identical facility in the town was not there.
Mr Bath also questioned how the new facility could create 200 jobs when he only employed seven full time members of staff and raised concerns about traffic congestion in the area.
Jeff Ainsley, one of the founding members of House of Play, whose factory is based in Dunscroft and which set up Astrabound spoke in support of the scheme.
He said: “The only objections have come from people connected to Air Kings in an attempt to protect their business and keep the monopoly and deny people choice.
“Clearly the demand is there take Wigan, an area roughly the same size as Doncaster that has five such trampoline parks.”
Mr Ainsley said as well as creating an exciting new leisure facility it would pave the way to boost the firm’s manufacturing business and in turn boost the local economy.
Speaking about the plans ahead of the decision owner Shaun Wilson said: “We were originally a manufacturing business specialising in the supply of indoor soft play equipment but we have diversified over the last 21 years into a service business having opened Astrabound, the children’s indoor play centre, eight years ago as a trading show site.
“That move has grown our manufacturing sales and now we wish to do the same by creating an iconic trampoline park in Doncaster to show off our product range.
“We have always believed in investing in our business and keeping it fresh and Go Bounce will give the local community another great indoor play centre to enjoy whilst also bringing an economic boost to the region.”
Work is set to start immediately and the trampoline park is expected to open later this year.