1,000 jobs hope as developers bid for Euro funding to create hotel scheme

Capitol Park, Thorne.
Capitol Park, Thorne.
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DEVELOPERS today pledged more than 1,000 jobs will be created by a major scheme in Doncaster which will include a hotel and supermarket.

Bosses at Henry Boot Developments say their scheme at Capitol Park, on Omega Boulevard, Thorne, near the M18, would see 1,217 operational jobs when it is up and running. They are trying to get European cash toward the project.

The scheme will involve a hotel, supermarket, restaurant, pub, education organisations, creche and other small to medium-sized businesses.

Doncaster Council planning committee has given its backing to the scheme as long as an agreement can be reached with the Highways Agency over access to the site but a final decision will be made by the Government.

The developers’ spokesman Jason Tait said the jobs would become available when the development was completed but there would also be building jobs while the scheme was under construction.

He said: “It is a site that has been vacant for a considerable period of time.

“We have had a number of meetings with Thorne Town Council about this. The reaction has been positive.

“It is focusing on small to medium sized businesses, not warehouses. This area has been crying out for the hotel, creche and pub, and we know people in that area are already travelling a great distance from Thorne to meet their shopping needs.

“We are in the running for significant European Regional Development Fund funding, which will ensure delivery of this scheme at a significantly accelerated rate.”

The site for the planned development was previously used as a car storage and distribution site.

Under the scheme, a supermarket would take up a site of more than 4,000 square metres. The proposed hotel would have around 100 rooms and be three storeys in height.

But Doncaster councillors heard there had been objections to the scheme. The main issues related to the impact the scheme would have on the surrounding roads and the existing businesses in Thorne town centre.

A report by council officers said the development was unlikely to significantly damage Thorne town centre and was likely to provide a boost to the local economy.

Talks are ongoing between Henry Boot and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive on how to provide bus services to the site.

It has also been proposed that the firm puts up £100,000 to pay for improvements to Thorne town centre.

Coun Martin Williams, leader of Thorne and Moorends Town Council, said: “I think this is fantastic for Thorne and a great boost for the whole area.

“Jobs are exactly what we want at the present moment than jobs and I think this is good for all of Doncaster - it is major investment which could be a shot in the arm that we need.

“I hope it will help with the regeneration of Thorne town centre.”