New Asda jobs boost for Dearne Valley

Asda supermarket
Asda supermarket

A Doncaster employment blackspot is in line for a jobs boost following the unveiling of new supermarket plans.

Store giant Asda wants to open a 40,000 sq ft supermarket in the Dearne Valley - and has promised the move will bring fresh jobs to the region.

Details of the supermarket, which the firm wants to build on the site of a chemical works, are set to be submitted to Doncaster Council later this year.

Supermarket giant Asda is set to provide a jobs boost with the creation of a new store in the Dearne Valley – if plans are given the go-ahead.

The firm wants to open a 40,000 sq ft store in Denaby Main and plans are set to be lodged with Doncaster Council later this year.

The store would create scores of jobs for the area and Asda bosses now want to hear from local people about what they would like to see there, courtesy of a public consultation.

Asda’s senior property communications manager Philip Bartram said: “We have a long-standing interest in opening an Asda store in Denaby Main, and we’re delighted those plans are now formed enough for us to discuss them with the community.

“The store is set to bring a fresh new offer to local shoppers, on a prime site that will be fully regenerated and become fully productive again.

“This is a major proposal for Denaby Main and the wider area, and I really hope people come along to hear more about the scheme and let us know what they think.

“Open, two-way communication is crucial in ensuring the right development is built for the community.

“We look forward to speaking to many local people during the exhibition.”

In the coming months, Asda will be submitting a planning application to the council for a new store, with a petrol filling station and car parking on a site currently occupied by Whyte Chemicals in Denaby Main.

Whyte is planning to further its own expansion plans by relocating its operations.

If planning permission is granted, the development would replace the Asda store already in Denaby.

Staff would move across to the new store – but more jobs would also be created in the area too.

Before the plans are submitted, however, Asda wants to hear from people in the local community and learn more about the views of residents and businesses.

Mr Bartram said that feedback from local people will be invaluable in influencing how the proposal progresses and said the supermarket would be a huge boost for the community.

To allow people to have their say, a public exhibition is being held next week when more detailed plans and information about the supermarket plan will go on display.

The sessions will take place from 2pm to 7pm on Thursday and 10am to 4pm on Friday at Denaby Main Institute Working Mens Club, Grange Way.

The public consultation event will be open to anyone who would like to learn more about the plans, ask questions and feed back any comments to bosses, and Asda is urging people to come along.

The current store is based in Hill Top Road, Conisbrough, however, the site currently being considered by Asda is on Denaby Lane, which is only a stone’s throw away, for customers.

The firm has 10 supermarkets in the Doncaster region including major stores at Lakeside and Carcroft.