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New Hoyland Tesco Wins Opening Hours Appeal

Wednesday September 14 2011

SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has won permission from Barnsley Council to have longer opening hours at a controversial site in Hoyland.

The superstore is to be built on the site of the former Market Street School - and earlier this year councillors on the planning board approved the plan, but warned that opening hours would be restricted.

Tesco was told they could only open between 8am and 8pm so as to not bother resident - but after submitting a noise impact report it has now won permission to open from 7am - 10pm.

The development is expected to bring 140 jobs to the area - but while there has been four letters of support and 320 support cards in favour of the scheme, there has also been two petitions against it submitted with 641 people saying they did not want it in Hoyland.

One of the main objectors is from a company representing the Co-Op at Hoyland. In a letter to the council it says: "The Co-op forms the focal point of Hoyland town centre due to its central location as well as being the main convenience retailer in the centre.

"The application must be considered inappropriate to the merging strategy in Hoyland and out of scale to the role and function to which it serves.

"The applicant justifies the introduction of a main food store by stating that the proposals claw back trade currently leaked to other out of centre locations. In the first instance this is a disingenuous statement as the food store is also out of centre and therefore does not present any demonstrable benefits to Hoyland District Centre.

"The application site is in an out of centre location, it is dislocated from the centre and it is located over 500m from the Primary Shopping Area.

"As a consequence of its location, shoppers will be drawn away from the town centre to undertake the main food shop in this location. This will result in a significant decline in foot fall across Hoyland District Centre.

"Hoyland District Centre currently has a joined up offer and by the applicant’s own admission shoppers currently using the Co-op could be drawn to the proposed Tesco store for the superior qualitative range of goods.

"The proposed impact on the Co-op food store will have a knock on effect across Hoyland. The above impact therefore is grossly undervalued and must be considered inappropriate to the centre."

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Reply Posted by Angela Lofts on Thursday September 15 2011 at 08:10
people only use co-op as they have  no choice there is no where else
co-op is over priced and there are always queue's
I for one will use tesco's

Reply Posted by jayne on Thursday September 15 2011 at 15:48
The co-op needs some other shops to give it a run fo its money, at the moment its the only shop in hoyland and is over priced and the queues are unbelievable. Hurry up and build the new tesco save me having to travel to wath to go shopping  

Reply Posted by Chrishough123 on Saturday September 17 2011 at 11:21
the coop is so overpriced its unreal and they can be cos they have the monopoly over customers.As for the petitions AGAINST tesco's, i would like to bet that at least 90% of all those against it will most definately shop there!!

Reply Posted by Colin on Wednesday June 13 2012 at 17:24
I agree with the above comments. The co-op is over priced the staff are to slow, as soon as a queue develops they all seem to disappear in the back instead of opening another till.
The sooner Tesco opens the better.

Reply Posted by Mark on Sunday October 21 2012 at 12:24
What happened to fair competition? A store in the area is far better than disused wasteland. Hoyland centre is hardly a shopping mecca. I live in Elsecar and I never go to Hoyland unless I'm desparate. Opening a Tesco would draw me into Hoyland to shop at Tesco and I'm sure it will do the same for many people in the surrounding areas. As other people have said, the Co-op in Hoyland is dated and run buy the slowest staff ever with the longest queues.

Reply Posted by kaz on Thursday February 21 2013 at 14:12
I totally agree with all the above comments. I live at Blacker Hill, we hav'nt had a shop here for years, those of us without cars can't go to Cortonwood without the hassle of walking to Platts Common for a bus then lugging all the shopping back.I for one can't wait for it to open. Come on Tesco hurry up and open those doors.

Reply Posted by Dee on Sunday November 24 2013 at 15:03
This is brilliant as platts common is low on shops and opening jobs for local people brill idea I will be shopping there and appling for a job there too. As I live in blackerhill I cant wait to not have to walk a mile for a shop and cash point

Reply Posted by Niadh McAoidh on Monday December 2 2013 at 11:55
This is fantastic news, particulalry for locals who have no transport of their own and especially for elderly people from Blacker Hill and sourounding areas who have to walk into Hoyland for something.

This is also an eco friendly build so should be more pleasing to the eye. As for the Co-Op I,m sure they understand it business not personal!!