COUNCILLORS say they're keen to get plans for a new shopping centre pushed through.

The proposals for the former Foulstone school site in Darfield have received very few objections and local people want to see the £10m transformation to take place as soon as possible.

Councillors say local people have been raising the issue with them at advice surgeries and want to see work on the development, which will include a Lidl and a Sainsbury's, start.

Cllr Pauline Markham said: "Myself and Brian Key are on the planning committee so we want it through planning and sorted.

"It's the biggest thing to have happened to Darfield in many years.

"We're really excited because it's a big project and we have been looking at it since the new school (Netherwood) was signed off."

The development would see a mix of two and three-bedroom houses built nearby and the centre itself would create around 80 jobs.

Smaller shops will also be located on the site, should it go through the planning board.

At pre-Christmas discussions with local residents, Leeds-based developers Rothstone Estates faced little objections to their plans.

Cllr Brian Key described the feedback at the time as being '99 per cent positive'.

Cllr Markham, who also works at Morrisons, says that people within Darfield have been crying out for this sort of development.

She added: "People keep coming up to me saying that it's brilliant that Darfield is going to have this and want to know when it's starting.

"Things are looking bright for Darfield at the moment."