Yes to the ‘Triangle’

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The ‘last jigaw piece’ in the Doncaster leisure park development has got the go-ahead.

Doncaster Council’s planning committee yesterday gave unanimous backing to a scheme for a pub and a terrace of restaurants on the so-called Herten Triangle, which is bounded by Gliwice Way, the Asda superstore and Vue cinema complex car park.

Planning officer Nicola Elliott told members it would not have an unacceptable impact on Doncaster town centre and several food and drink operators had expressed interest in taking space on the site.

The boost to the local economy would result in 348 new full and part-time jobs being created, she added.

The project’s architect, Andrew Gardner, allayed Doncaster Council’s tree officer’s fears about the loss of seven or eight trees on the site by stating that more than 90 new trees would form part of the landscaping scheme.

“We really feel it will be the missing piece in the Lakeside leisure jigsaw,” he added.

The plans show a family pub to be located next to The Dome roundabout and a terrace of five cafes running along the north side of the site, on Herten Way, facing towards the Vue complex, with more than 200 parking spaces.

They will have overhanging canopies enabling people to eat and drink outside even when the weather is poor.

Mr Gardner said the restaurants would have a lot of glass and aluminium on their facades and local schools might be asked to provide public artworks for the site.

People wanting to cross Herten Way from McDonalds and Asda will also benefit from a new pedestrian crossing.

Councillors also approved outline planning permission for three other units - a restaurant and two drive-through restaurants - on the same piece of land, with further details to be submitted later.

There were no objections to the planning applications.