A CONTROVERSIAL scheme to build a multi-million pound supermarket in Mexborough has been recommended for approval by council planners.
Kier Property’s proposal to create a £10 million megastore close to the train station has been unpopular with some small business owners who feel the development will drain trade away from the High Street.
But planning officers at Doncaster Council have recommended the scheme for approval, stating it will bring numerous benefits to the town, including new jobs.
Their report says: “The applicants will provide funding to be spent on town centre improvements and linkages to the site to maximise the potential and attraction for linked trips.”
The proposal is due to be discussed at Doncaster Council’s Planning Board meeting at the Mansion House next Tuesday, April 24.
The Government recently announced they are allocating £100, 000 to Doncaster Council, some which could be used to spruce up Mexborough High Street.
But Save the High Street campaign chairman Bill Lawrence believes the money will be wasted if the supermarket scheme gets the go-ahead.
He said: “No matter how nice it looks, there will not be enough trade on the High Street if the supermarket scheme is granted.”
Kier Property has maintained that its store, to be built on the site of the former United Carpets base, will create up to 250 new jobs.