A REAL ale group has spoken out against proposals to turn the Longbow pub into a supermarket.

The Co-operative submitted a planning application to the council to add a new shop front and cash machine to previously approved plans submitted by a private developer.

A spokesman for the Co-op confirmed the company was in talks with the owner of the Longbow about acquiring the site with the view to relocate the Bly Road store there.

But the Barnsley Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) spoke out against the plans.

CAMRA's pubs spokesman, Phil Gregg, said: "Supermarkets have been buying pubs and opening them as supermarkets, which is what happened with Tesco in Wilthorpe.

"One of our main grievances is that you not only lose a pub but the supermarket then sells cheap booze, which is one of the reasons for pubs becoming run down in the first place."