PLANS worth £300,000 to expand Manvers Lake’s boathouse have been sent to the council’s planning board.

With almost 2,000 members, Manvers Waterfront Boat Club is ‘bursting at the seams’ and the lake’s charity - alongside local residents - have announced that they are planning to provide additional space at the boathouse.

The application seeks an additional ground floor bay, and the £300,000 scheme also includes the conversion of space above the boat store into a multi-sport club room and storage.

Members have been backed by a number of organisations, including South Yorkshire Sport and Sport England, and are able to submit the application after more than £100,000 in donations from the public, private an other charities.

Chris Hawkesworth, president of the club, said: “I am extremely proud of what we are achieving.

“We have received over £100,000 in donations from public, private, other charities and various not for profit organisations already.

“We are backed by Sport England, the Environment Agency, South Yorkshire Sport, Dearne Valley College, Sheffield Hallam University, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue to name but a few.

“I am sure we will get there with the money to enable a build later in this coming winter.”