SAINSBURY'S is expected to submit plans to convert a B&Q store in the next few weeks.

It follows an 'overwhelmingly positive' response from the public, said a spokesman for the supermarket chain.

Plans to redevelop the DIY store on Bleachcroft Way, Stairfoot, went on display last month, with the conversion expected to create up to 400 jobs.

At present the building is restricted to the sale of DIY products, but if Barnsley Council agrees to lifting the restriction Sainsbury's will turn the building into a 73,500sq ft food store with a petrol station, car parking and a cafe.

A spokeswoman for Sainsbury's said: "The response to plans so far has been overwhelmingly positive.

"At this stage we're continuing to receive feedback from the public, and Sainsbury's looks to submit plans to Barnsley Council in the coming weeks.

"We received a huge amount of public support at our consultation, with more than 85 per cent of respondents telling us they wanted to see a Sainsbury's on the B&Q site.

"A reoccurring theme has been that the local community feel the need for more supermarket shopping choice in Barnsley.

"The job opportunities available have also been well received, including Sainsbury's offer to give all current employees of B&Q an interview."