Plan to transform Doncaster town centre car park into new shops and restaurants

The artists' impression of plans for the Young Street car park which will extend the Waterdale Shopping Centre.
The artists' impression of plans for the Young Street car park which will extend the Waterdale Shopping Centre.
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A multi-million pound plan to transform a Doncaster town centre car park into new shops and restaurants has been unveiled.

Developer St Modwen, which owns the Waterdale Shopping Centre, has submitted plans to build a new shopping complex on top of the Young Street car park.

The proposed development includes plans for a two storey building, incorporating 11,000 sq ft of ground floor retail space and a further 11,000 sq ft of space on the first floor.

The building is planned for a variety of uses, including office, leisure and restaurants.

Richard Bannister, regional manager at St. Modwen, said: “The proposed redevelopment of the Young Street car park builds on the success of recent lettings. The vast majority of units on Kingsgate are now let, which is a positive sign of regeneration at Waterdale Shopping Centre and this area of Doncaster.”

The plans are part of St. Modwen’s ongoing investment in the Centre, designed to create a more vibrant and attractive retail and leisure environment.

Refurbishment of the underground car park at Waterdale Shopping Centre and optimising of the Princegate car park will provide existing users of the Young Street car park with safe and secure parking alternatives.

St Modwen has also revealed plans to return the famous Lovers statue to Doncaster town centre for the first time in thirty years.

The sculpture took pride of place in the Arndale Centre, now the Frenchgate Centre, for more than twenty years before it was removed during renovations in the mid 1980s.

Following repairs, it is set to return to Waterdale on June 19.