SUPPORT for a new business and retail park which could create more than 1,000 jobs is a real plus for the district, says Thorne Town Council’s leader.
Planning permission has been approved for the development on the former Dixons Motor site on Capitol Park in Thorne.
Coun Martin Williams has hailed the decision saying it’s the best news the district has had for years.
He said. “I think it is great news for the area. I think it is a shot in the arm for Thorne, Moorends and the surrounding area and I hope that jobs go to the local people. It is what we have been needing.
“Instead of going to the job centre they can go to a job in the morning. It gives people back their self respect.
“I am over the moon.”
Henry Boot wants to build a supermarket, takeaway, restaurant and petrol station as part of its plans. A creche and education centre have also been put forward.
David Tait, planning consultant for agent Planning Prospects, said Doncaster Council’s decision meant developers could now start securing millions in European cash to fund the project.
He said work could begin as early as this year and the scheme would provide more than 1,000 jobs, in a variety of areas, both part time and full time.
Mr Tait said: “It is obviously quite a sizeable development. It is a very positive scheme for Thorne that we think will be particularly beneficial for the town.”
Outline planning permission was agreed last week subject to a dedicated bus service being set up to the site near junction six of the M18.
Henry Boot are also required to pay £100,000 for environmental developments in Thorne Town centre.
Mr Tait said: “We have not got the grant funding yet but one of the requirements is to have planning permission.”
He added more vacancies would be made during the construction which could take between five to eight years
“We have calculated that within that time there is in excess at anyone time of 50 or 70 jobs in construction,” he said.
Mr Tait said the developer was in talks with a number of well known retailers about setting up a space at Capitol Park but would not disclose who they were.
The site was used by Dixon Motors to store cars before the company went into administration in 2008.
Mr Tait said the support from residents and Thorne Town Council has been very positive.