Soccer centre plan for old factory site

CGI image of the proposed Goals Soccer Centre.
CGI image of the proposed Goals Soccer Centre.
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This is the first image of what a redundant Doncaster factory site will look like if plans for a £5 million leisure complex are given the go-ahead.

A new pub and 10 five-a-side soccer pitches are among the facilities planned for the old Tyco electronics factory in Wheatley.

Regeneration specialists St Modwen have already submitted a planning application to Doncaster Council for the £5m development of the disused factory on Wheatley Hall Road.

The application has been submitted in partnership with Cooper Lighting which continues to operate on the site and which shared the land with Tyco.

Following Tyco’s departure from Wheatley Hall Road early last year, St Modwen has worked with Cooper Lighting to formulate a scheme that enables them to remain at the site well into the future within an expanded well serviced facility.

St Modwen’s approach has helped to retain hundreds of jobs in the area as well as accelerating alternative job creation via new facilities on the redundant site.

The application will, if granted, bring much needed sport and recreational facilities to the Wheatley area.

The site will include a Goals Soccer Centre and a family-friendly pub, along with a range of other roadside and retail uses, as well as new car parking facilities for Cooper Lighting.

Stephen Prosser, Yorkshire regional director at St Modwen, said the scheme would revitalise a once prominent Doncaster site.

“We have spent some considerable time consulting with Doncaster Council and Cooper Lighting in order to go forward with the proposals.

“Our over-riding aim has been to ensure that Cooper Lighting’s long-term future is secured and that a significant number of jobs are maintained – and indeed created – on this vital site for Doncaster.”

Wheatley Hall Road is already home to the Astrabound children’s play centre.