Plans for two huge supermarket developments in Doncaster have been scrapped – with the loss of nearly 300 proposed jobs.
Supermarket giant Tesco has shelved plans for a new store at Capitol Park in Thorne, while proposals to more than double the size of the store in Church View, Doncaster, have also been axed.
The Thorne scheme, at Omega Boulevard, was set to create 130 jobs, while the town centre redevelopment would have offered 150 new positions.
Nationally, Tesco has announced it is scrapping plans for 49 proposed stores, saying its business performance has fallen ‘significantly short’ of where it wants it to be.
Business leaders have expressed dismay at Tesco’s news.
Dan Fell, Doncaster Chamber chief executive officer, said: “Tesco has been re-evaluating its business plans. Regrettably, it seems as though Doncaster has been a casualty of this.
“While disappointing, it does nothing to undermine the mid-term potential of Capitol Park and Doncaster’s status as a major hub for growth and inward investment.”
The proposed 35,000 sq feet store and filling station in Thorne was part of a wider scheme by Henry Boot Development.
The company still has £6.45 million funding from the European Regional Development Fund to help deliver other projects at the 20-acre industrial site, which includes a new pub to create 50 jobs, two drive-through restaurants and further industrial units.
Coun Ron Powell, Thorne and Moorends Town Council leader, said: “It is important an alternative scheme is developed quickly for the supermarket site, so new jobs and amenities can be brought to Thorne.
“Development options which complement other parts of Thorne will also be considered as part of the next phase of the Neighbourhood Plan.”
Dave Lewis, Tesco’s chief executive officer, said the plans were withdrawn with a ‘heavy heart’.
He said: “Our performance as a business has fallen significantly short of where we would want it to be.
“I know this news will be a real disappointment to many people in the local community. I am aware of the importance of the site to the area and I am determined we will work closely with Doncaster Council to find the right solution for the community.”
Tesco was granted planning permission to extend its Church View store in 2009, but a company spokesman confirmed it is not going ahead with the extension plans.