Planners give store green light

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PLANS to expand a Doncaster superstore and create 175 new jobs have moved closer after planning permission was confirmed.

Bosses at supermarket chain Tesco this week have been notified they can go ahead with the plans which will revamp their Edenthorpe store.

The decision has been made under delegated powers by council planning officers and has not had to go through to the authority’s all-party planning committee.

The store, on Thorne Road, will almost double in size under the company’s development proposals.

Managers say as well as improving the choice of food and non-food goods available, the expansion plans include a customer cafe and a new store frontage.

Matthew Magee, corporate affairs manager for Tesco, said: “We are delighted our plans for the Edenthorpe store have been given the green light.

“By extending and improving the store we will be able to offer a much better shopping experience for our customers, with a wider choice of products in a more spacious store.

“We have carried out an extensive consultation to make sure the local community has had a chance to comment on our plans.

“There has been a huge amount of support for the proposals, especially as it would create so many new jobs for people living in the area.”

Bosses at the company also claim the scheme will improve the building’s green credentials.

They expect the improvements to significantly reduce the store’s carbon footprint by introducing a number of environmental features including a combined heat and power unit.

There will also be a roof lighting system, to allow natural daylight into the store and refurbishments to refrigeration units.