A RESIDENTS' consultation is underway about proposals for a new Aldi store.

The retailer is considering building a new store off Barnsley Road, Highgate.

Letters have been sent out to neighbours and a consultation meeting has already been held - even though a planning application has not yet been submitted to Barnsley Council.

Dearne South Coun May Noble said people in Highgate are largely in favour of the store, which she said would create around 40 jobs.

"The consultation process is underway and around 1,800 letters have been sent out," she added.

"The store would be on a major bus route from Goldthorpe, Bolton and Thurnscoe which means a lot of people would be able to access it both to work and shop.

"Aldi has met with local councillors and the consultation meeting was very positive. It would be absolutely brilliant for our area."

Building work for the separate Aldi distribution centre off Commercial Road in Goldthorpe remains on course with it due to open next year.

"Aldi remain committed to recruiting their workforce from within a five-mile radius and that would apply to both the store and the distribution centre," added Coun Noble.

Recruitment for 400 jobs at the centre, which will distribute goods to Aldi stores throughout Yorkshire, remains ongoing and application forms are available from Goldthorpe's Jobcentre branch on High Street.