Firm alters new store plans

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THE company behind a controversial scheme to build a multi-million pound supermarket in Mexborough has made several changes to its proposals.

Kier Property has submitted a planning application to Doncaster and Rotherham Councils for a £10 million store on the site of the former United Carpets building on Station Road.

The firm announced this week that changes have since been made to the plans which they claim will be beneficial to shoppers in the town.

A spokesperson said: “Following the submission of the planning application, discussions with council Officers and stakeholders have been ongoing regarding changes to the plans to offer the most benefits to the town.

“These include relocating the ATM inside the atrium, additional screening of the service yard and further landscaping around the railway station to further enhance the setting of this historic building and revitalise this part of the town.”

It is estimated that the store will create up to 250 part and full-time jobs.

But the proposals are facing opposition from small business owners and market traders in the town who claim the development will drain trade away from them. Members of the ‘Save the High Street’ group have written a protest letter to Doncaster Council’s planning department.