Final go-ahead for Mexborough supermarket plan

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to develop build a major supermarket in Mexborough can go ahead after the final obstacle was removed.

Rotherham Council planning board approved the plans for a site next to the town’s railway station, voting it through by a seven to two margin.

Doncaster Council’s planning committee had already given its approval to the scheme, which would be built on land which straddles the border between the two neighbouring boroughs.

Campaigners from the group Save Mexborough High Street had been opposing the scheme because they are concerned the superstore will lead to the loss of more jobs in Mexborough town centre than it creates.

Group chairman Bill Lawrence said there were other sites available in Mexborough which would be better suited to a superstore.

He added that now the planning permission had been granted by Rotherham Council as well as Doncaster, the best hope for the campaigners was that the developer was unable to find a company who wanted to operate the site.

Mr Lawrence said: “We would have sooner seen that site used for something like a cinema or a theatre. We have always said we support regeneration.”

The supermarket plans have been drawn up by developer Kier Properties, who are now looking to start drawing up detailed plans for the site with the second leg of planning permission now out of the way.

Kier believes the scheme will create 250 jobs when it opens, as well as jobs in the construction before.

They have stated it will help regenerate the Station Road area of Mexborough and with the site currently derelict and unattractive.

The company says the shop will be set back from the station and will create a public realm area.

At present, people living in Mexborough go out of the town to do their main food shopping, with some going to Wath, Doncaster or Rotherham.