New Doncaster Lidl store gets go ahead

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Dozens of new jobs are set to be created in a Doncaster town after plans to build a discount supermarket were given the green light.

Doncaster Council’s planning committee approved an application requesting permission to build a new Lidl on a site near the now-demolished water tower on Field Road in Thorne.

Some 15 full time and 25 part time jobs are expected to be created at the store, which will span 1,876 square metres of floor space and include 97 car parking spaces.

Documents that went before councillors at the meeting revealed how rival firm Sainsbury’s, which has a store on King Street, lodged an objection the scheme.

Recommending the scheme gets planning permission, report author Nicola Elliot said : “It would bring a vacant, underused site back into use, offer linked trip opportunities due to its proximity to the Thorne town centre, create new jobs in a deprived area, improve the setting and appearance of the area at a key gateway into the town centre and assist in clawing back trade from out of centre locations.

“There is an identified need for a new food store in this location. Thorne currently lacks convenience food provision and this scheme would help meet the day to day needs of residents.”

In all there were four letters of objection sent in, highlighting concerns including traffic congestion, which is already an issue in the area, and road safety.

There were six letters in favour, with points made including that competition between stores was good for the consumer.

Lidl have now filed a full planning application to the council for a store in Bentley, which would take the site of the Rostholme Club.