A MULTI-MILLION pound development to round off Doncaster Leisure Park could bring up to 400 new jobs to the town.
Property developers today confirmed they want to build a family pub, a separate restaurant, two drive-through restaurants and a terrace of six cafes on derelict land between the Asda store and the Vue cinema at Lakeside.
The plot - referred to by planning officers as the Herten Triangle - has never been occupied since the leisure park was first created in the 1980s and is one of the last remaining areas near The Dome available for commercial use.
Work on the site, bordered by Herten Way and Gliwice Way, would start in the autumn if planning permission is granted and units could be ready by next June.
Leeds-based developers GMI Property say the £10 million scheme is ‘very much aimed’ at the family leisure market.
Managing director James Poskitt said they are in discussions with interested companies for every one of the units, but he could not yet divulge names.
“We estimate some 230 full time equivalent jobs will be created which, using nationally accepted guidelines, will produce in the region of 380 full and part time jobs in total on this site. The interesting point is that most of these jobs will be recruited locally.
“The whole scheme is aimed at the family market to complement the existing offer from The Dome, Vue and other venues. There is definitely a market for this, given the level of interest we have had.
“There are some limited hotspots in commercial property and leisure associated with cinemas is one of them, where there is a value offer and where prices are not too high.”
If it goes ahead the scheme will be GMI’s second on the Lakeside. Previously the firm developed the South Quay office park, where Keepmoat is now headquartered along with Clyde Bergemann and Close Motor Finance.
The firm also has a high profile in South Yorkshire after winning the contract to construct the New York Stadium for Rotherham United.
The Herten Triangle will also boost Doncaster Council coffers from the proceeds of the sale of the land, although the tender amount has not been made public yet.
If planning consent is obtained, groundworks should start by October, said Mr Poskitt.
Access to the site will be off Herten Way opposite the cinema car park, with the family pub located near The Dome roundabout.
The Mayor of Doncaster, Peter Davies, said: “This proposed development shows Doncaster is continuing to make great strides while many other areas are struggling to attract investment during these difficult economic times.
“With key projects like the new Civic and Cultural Quarter and the White Rose Way improvement scheme well underway and the new link road from the M18 to the south of Doncaster to start later this summer, investors and developers can see the town’s undoubted potential.
“The Lakeside area is already a popular leisure destination and these plans can only enhance this hotspot. Doncaster has much to look forward to.”