THE Leeds office of regeneration specialist St Modwen is hoping that a scheme planned for a redundant site in Doncaster will create jobs and leisure opportunities for local people.
The company wants to turn a former industrial space on Wheatley Hall Road in the town into retail space, car parking and a sporting facility for football fans.
It has asked Doncaster Council to approve the £5m project which could be under way within months, if the scheme gets planning consent.
The site was formerly used by Tyco Electronics but the company left the area and its buildings had to be pulled down. Now St Modwen is working with Cooper Lighting, which still uses some of the site, to develop the new initiative.
Stephen Prosser, St Modwen’s regional director for Yorkshire and the North East, told the YEP that the genesis of the new scheme began when Tyco left the area last year.
He said that there was a need to maintain jobs in the area after Tyco’s departure so a plan was developed to utilise the site as a Goals Soccer Centre where people can play football on special pitches, a Marston’s public house and other retail ventures as well as car parking for Cooper Lighting.
Mr Prosser said he thought the scheme would create jobs and be popular with local people.
He told the YEP: “I think there is a need for it in the area.
“A lot of people use it on a daily basis. There are a lot of businesses and people living in that area with limited access to facilities like this.
“There is a lot of demand for the type of football facilities that Goals Soccer Centres provide.
“It’s a place to go after work and have a kickabout.”
Mr Prosser said that Goals Soccer Centre and Marston’s will build their own facilities on the site.
He added: “We are just talking to another line-up of potential occupiers.”
Mr Prosser said that Doncaster Council had not highlighted any problems prior to the plans being submitted and had shown “encouragement”.
He said that jobs would be created.