Restaurants plan set for go-ahead

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AN AMBITIOUS plan finally to complete Doncaster Leisure Park could bring up to 400 jobs to the town if it is given the go-ahead next week.

Councillors are set to discuss plans to develop a multi-million plaza of restaurants, terrace cafes and a pub on a huge swathe of derelict land at Lakeside.

The area, dubbed by developers the Herten Triangle, has been an empty patch of wasteland for many years, occupying a site between the Asda supermarket and the Vue cinema.

But the site could be transformed at last if Doncaster Council’s planning committee agrees to give the green light to the scheme at a meeting next Tuesday.

Developers GMI Property outlined their plans for the £10 million project earlier this summer - and want to build a family pub, separate restaurant, two drive-through restaurants and a terrace of six cafes and shops on the land.

The plot 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.

If given the go-ahead, work could get underway early next year.

Project manager Deborah Doyle said: “We are keen to get started - the site is proving popular at the moment with a great deal of interest.”

She added a number of restaurant firms had been in talks about the site, showing ‘significant interest’ but said that, due to confidentiality agreements, potential names could not be divulged.

The Lakeside site already includes a McDonald’s restaurant, a branch of Frankie and Bennys, The Cheswold family pub, as well as eating options within The Dome, Asda, Doncaster Superbowl and Vue Cinema.

The scheme is hoped to create 380 full-time jobs and will add to GMI’s property portfolio in South Yorkshire after the completion of Rotherham United’s New York Stadium earlier this summer.