Hundreds of jobs hope in shop and hotel plans

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HUNDREDS of jobs could be created in Doncaster under two separate plans for a superstore and a hotel extension.

Supermarket chain Tesco has announced it wants to build a new store and petrol station at Omega Boulevard, Thorne Park, Thorne.

And bosses at the Grand St Leger Hotel, Belle Vue, are bidding to carry out a £4 million redevelopment which would see a restaurant, function room, bar and 33 bedrooms added to the site.

Tesco spokeswoman Deborah Hayeems said the store would create about 130 jobs.

She said: “We are delighted to be able to announce plans for Tesco in Thorne.

“We understand a lot of local residents are travelling out of the area for their weekly shop and fuel, so we hope our proposal will be welcomed by people who would like to shop closer to home.”

The firm says it plans to advertise the jobs at the store in the local area.

The site was previously used as a car storage and distribution centre.

Planning permission is already in place which would allow a supermarket to be developed there.

Tesco plans to hold drop-in sessions for people to see its plans, with details still to be announced.

Meanwhile, bosses at the Grand St Leger, which is based close to Doncaster Racecourse, predict their plans for the hotel will create more than 100 new posts.

Owner John Din said the plans would see the Indus Restaurant, which used to be on Silver Street in the town centre, reopen at the hotel site. It would have space for 200 diners.

He said: “There will be significant levels of employment created from the extensions to the hotel via the new restaurant and extra accommodation.

“There will also be benefits in the short term with employment achieved during the construction period.

“It can be expected that the majority of jobs will be filled from the local area.”

The plans have now been submitted to Doncaster Council, which will decide whether to grant planning permission.