Planners recommend go-ahead for Mexborough superstore plan

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A PROPOSED superstore on the edge of Mexborough has divided town opinion.

But planners have recommended councillors grant permission when they meet next Tuesday to discuss the proposal for the site of the old United Carpets warehouse on Station Road.

Keir Developments also want to put up a petrol station on the same site which is close to the railway station on a strip of land between the River Don and the canal.

The proposed store would be constructed on stilts with undercroft parking and the trading area at first floor level. Customers would access the store via ‘travelators’, lifts, or stairs within a glazed atrium on the front of the building.

During consultation over the plans, 52 people expressed support for the plan and 31 respondents were opposed to it.

Supporters said it would provide more jobs for Mexborough and improve the area around the railway station and the canal side, while opponents said they felt there was no need for a superstore in Mexborough and the development would harm the town centre.

But Doncaster Council’s Built Environment Team are satisfied it is the ‘best possible scheme’ suitable for the ‘expansion of Mexborough town centre in a sustainable, accessible location which will hopefully reverse the loss of trade to out-of-town locations, resulting in an overall improvement of Mexborough’s retail offer’.

British Waterways have also asked for repairs to Station Road bridge, landscaping and a scheme for recovery of trolleys from the waterway, as well as improvements to the adjacent towpath.

Planning officer Mark Sewell said: “The proposal would also provide new employment opportunities in the area and would deliver economic growth in Mexborough, something which should be given significant weight.”