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Town Centre Supermarket To Create 450 Jobs

Tuesday September 11 2012

A SUPERMARKET will be developed in the town centre that will create 450 jobs as planning approval was granted last week.

Red Property Services will develop the superstore on a site opposite Morrisons supermarket off Westway.

It is not yet know who will occupy it but Red say it will create up to 450 jobs and will be built on the site at the corner of John Street, Thomas Street, Burleigh Street and Joseph Street.

A large part of the site is used for council and privately-run pay and display parking, and buildings within the site include the Addaction drug rehabilitation centre on John Street, and the vacant Gala Bingo building.

Council planning officer Joe Jenkinson described the building as being 'higher than the Alhambra,’ bigger than both neighbouring Morrisons and Asda on Old Mill Lane, but smaller than the Tesco at Stairfoot.

Plans show it will be partially-built into the hillside with a projecting glass atrium supported by stilts, and will have a landscaped piazza underneath leading to a pedestrian crossing over Westway.

Escalators will take shoppers up to the level of the superstore, and inside there will be a café. Plans also show it will have a petrol filling station, service yard and a 542-space car park.

Mr Jenkinson said: "It will be a prominent structure but there are significant visual enhancements. It will be built into the hillside, somewhat reducing the impact. It will transform the character of the site, which is largely unused and derelict and will create a sizeable number of new jobs.

“An enormous amount can be done to make sure the benefits are felt locally.”

14 letters of objection were received by the council, including one from Morrisons.

It objected on grounds it would have a ‘definite impact’ on its business and the vitality of the town centre.

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Reply Posted by Keith Challis on Tuesday September 11 2012 at 09:35
Thought this was going to be a Lidl?

Reply Posted by mark on Tuesday September 11 2012 at 09:54
Lidl being built at townend roundabout :)

Reply Posted by josh caine on Tuesday September 11 2012 at 09:39
hopefully get a job then?,

Reply Posted by ryan duffy on Tuesday September 11 2012 at 09:40
how do i aply 4 the job

Reply Posted by ian on Tuesday September 11 2012 at 09:42
lidl is opposite the job centre so josh you should have seen that.

Reply Posted by c on Tuesday September 11 2012 at 09:53
Brilliant, Barnsley is gonna look lovely when it's finally done :)

Reply Posted by Bob on Tuesday September 11 2012 at 09:55
Its gonna be a tesco! I heard rumours mths back that teaco jad bougjt the land its going to be built the same as tesco in sheffield where car park is under the store,

Reply Posted by lou on Tuesday September 11 2012 at 09:57
hope its a sainsburys

Reply Posted by john on Tuesday September 11 2012 at 09:59
its not a tesco...try saisburys

Reply Posted by john on Tuesday September 11 2012 at 10:00

Reply Posted by Amy on Tuesday September 11 2012 at 09:59
how do you apply for a job.??

Reply Posted by Maxine on Tuesday September 11 2012 at 10:00
OMG not ANOTHER supermarket?? What's going on in Barnsley?? Ok more jobs are going to be created which is brilliant! but does it have to be a supermarket?

Reply Posted by kshaw on Tuesday September 11 2012 at 16:58
It will not bring in anymore new money,it will share what is around and other stores will shed jobs or reduce staff hours.

Reply Posted by kayleigh on Tuesday September 11 2012 at 19:22
how do i apply for the job

Reply Posted by l on Tuesday September 11 2012 at 19:43
Better a supermarket than fastfood chain! :)

Reply Posted by Richard on Tuesday September 11 2012 at 19:44
Most towns have a theatre quarter, Barnsley will have a supermarket quarter!

Reply Posted by steve on Tuesday September 11 2012 at 19:49
How many supermarkets does Barnsley need. Don,t forget planning as also been approved for sainsburys on twibell street where plumb center , howdens and comet is.

Reply Posted by april on Tuesday September 11 2012 at 23:13
where can i grt an application form from?

Reply Posted by julie on Tuesday September 11 2012 at 23:54
how many supermarkets does barnsley need,what a joke another 1,thats barnsley council for you wonder how much they got in back pocket for passing plans.it is becoming beyond a joke.it will kill the the market off.plus agnes road which already crippled by morrisons n the parking by all morrisons staff.how can small stores survive .ok so they say will create 400 jobs think about how many it will finish barnsley council stinks big style.you hassle me about my council tax which i struggle to pay already

Reply Posted by ? on Wednesday September 12 2012 at 07:46
Omg another supermarket as if we ant got enuf , same as pound shops , and bookies .. And as far as it goes on jobs there dont make me laugh it will be agency workers for 4 week training then get shut of u and get there own ppl in from leeds or manchester ........

Reply Posted by Phil on Wednesday September 12 2012 at 08:08
I agree with Julie,

1) Its far too near other large Supermarkets and on a route that already suffers from severe conjestion,
2) Why not build a development that will atrract visitors to the town.
3) I would love to see a public enquiry into the goings on at BMBC planning dept too many decisions steam rolled through for me 14 objections and still gets passed that stinks

Reply Posted by observer on Wednesday September 12 2012 at 08:30
i have to agree with juie, a previous commentor above. supermarkets have killed all traditional shops. there are far tooo many supermarkets already.have a think about who these people may set on as the workforce.

Reply Posted by Hannah proctor on Wednesday September 12 2012 at 08:31
A few months back I saw this on the we are Barnsley page and got excited as I love I've skating when did such a good idea get taken over by a supermarket plan? An ice skating rink would bring so many new people into the town as I know many people travel to the two ice rinks I use in Doncaster and Sheffield it would also give all the young people of Barnsley a place to go and something to do.

A BARNSLEY man has unveiled plans to create a brand new ice rink for his home town.

Ice hockey fan James Drinkall - who plays for Sheffield Ice Tigers recreational ice hockey team - is trying to push through plans for an ice arena that would offer everything from ice hockey to figure skating.

He said: "It would be a fantastic opportunity for the town to develop one of the old buildings like Gala Bingo near Morrisons. It would also put us on the map for sports fans."

James says he has already got interest from developers and the project is expected to cost £800,000 - which could be partially paid from grants from organisations like Sport England and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

Mahmood Azam, spokesman for Barnsley Council, said: "This is the first time an ice rink (real ice) proposal has come forward and although there is no existing identified strategic need for an ice rink in Barnsley, the proposal could assist with increasing participation in sport and active recreation.

"The Council could play a role in supporting the identification of any suitable sites that meet the requriements of the developer, but such a facility would have to wholly privately financed and commercially delivered."

Reply Posted by Hannah proc on Wednesday September 12 2012 at 08:32
Comment on this ice skating post at http://www.wearebarnsley.com/news/article/396 x

Reply Posted by observer on Wednesday September 12 2012 at 17:21
mahmood azam. a barnsley counil spokesman???..

Reply Posted by Nicky WAB on Wednesday September 12 2012 at 17:30
I'm sorry - I'm not sure of the point you are trying to make here by naming someone not named in the piece?

Reply Posted by Daniel on Sunday September 16 2012 at 15:17
I live on princess street and parking is bad enough with morrisons now there gonna build another place as long as its free parking i wnt complain but if its payed ill b very irritated

Reply Posted by Graham Nicholson on Saturday December 8 2012 at 16:55
I looking for a new after i moved back from sheffield

Reply Posted by Kayleigh on Monday January 6 2014 at 21:25
I am hoping i will get a job there