PLANS to convert a B&Q store into a Sainsbury's supermarket have been submitted to the council.

The supermarket giant is proposing to convert the DIY store, on Bleachcroft Way at Stairfoot Business Park, creating up to 400 jobs.

The plans - which will include a new store entrance, toilets, cash machines and a cafe on the 73,500 sq ft site - will also feature a reconfigured car park to improve traffic circulation.

"The Sainsbury's proposal will provide an additional main food shopping facility in Barnsley that will improve consumer choice and competition," its application stated.

"Sainsbury's is not currently represented in Barnsley in terms of providing a main food offer, so shoppers who wish to shop at Sainsbury's have to travel to stores further afield."

At present the building is restricted to the sale of DIY products only - but Sainsbury's is hopeful this will be lifted by Barnsley Council.

Vehicle and pedestrian access is from Bleachcroft Way, while the number of disabled spaces will increase from 13 to 38 and the number of mother and child spaces will increase from six to 25.