THE opening date of a planned Tesco store has been put back - for the fourth time.

The Hoyland supermarket, on Market Street, will now open in May next year - more than a year after it original planned opening date of this spring.

Little work has been done on the site, which formerly housed Market Street Primary School, since testing was done in February last year.

There had been speculation among local people that the opening had been put back to 2020, but those rumours were dismissed by a spokesperson for the supermarket chain.

More than 140 new jobs will be created when it opens after being developed for Tesco by Litton Properties.

"A developer will be on site next month," said a Tesco spokesman. "If all goes well then we're hoping that we'll be able to start work at the start of next year with a view to finishing in spring."