Fight over Mexborough superstore set to continue

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CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans for a major supermarket next to Mexborough station will take their fight to Rotherham this week.

Supporters of the Save the High Street, Mexborough, Campaign will make a final effort to stop planning permission being finalised when the scheme goes before the Rotherham Council’s planning board.

The site straddles the border between Doncaster and Rotherham on the old United Carpets site.

Campaign chairman Bill Lawrence said: “We hope to persuade those at Rotherham to stop these plans. We believe this development would have a massive negative impact on the the Dearne Valley undermining business confidence in the whole area.”

He said four members of the group were hoping to speak at the meeting.

A survey by the campaign group found 92 out of 115 businesses in Mexborough were opposed to the supermarket plan.

Developers Keir Properties say the scheme will create 250 jobs when the store opens and will help regenerate the area around the station.

They also expect it to create jobs in the construction of the building, and believe the scheme will act as a catalyst for more development in the area.

The outline plans go before Rotherham councillors on Thursday, and a report before the planning board is recommended they follow Doncaster’s lead and grant permission.

It states: “The principle of development has been considered by Doncaster Council, which represents the principal area of the site.

“It is not considered that the proposed development would have a significant adverse impact on Mexborough town centre.

“The proposal is also considered to have no adverse impact on existing, committed and planned public or private investment in any existing centre.

Keir claims most people in Mexborough currently head out of the town to do their main food shopping, going to Wath, Doncaster or Rotherham supermarkets.