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Decision On New Street Supermarket Expected

Wednesday June 13 2012

Barnsley Town Hall Barnsley Town Hall

A DECISION on whether another major supermarket will be built across the road from Morrisons is due to be taken next month.

Sainsbury’s and Tesco are both understood to be interested in opening new stores in Barnsley.

A planning application for a 100,000 sq ft site which includes the former Gala Bingo hall on New Street and the former hat company on the corner of New Street and Wood Street, is due to be considered by councillors this month.

Developer Spectrum Investment Management has submitted the application and is in negotiation with ‘two of the big three supermarkets’.

Spokesman Peter MacFarlane said: “There have been various concerns raised and we have been working to resolve

“We believe we have addressed, or will be able to address all of the concerns, and that the outcome will be a positive one.

“If we get planning permission in June, there’ll be a period of about six months of tidying up loose ends before we can get on site.

“It’s quite likely that it will be next spring when you start to see the main activity.”

Last year, Peel Holdings announced plans for a major supermarket on Harborough Hill Road on land now occupied by Comet, Plumb Centre, Howden’s Joinery, and a gas holder operated by National Grid.

That application has yet to be submitted to the council, but a spokesman said it was hoped to be ready soon.

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Reply Posted by Jamie Fbfb on Wednesday June 13 2012 at 15:46
Barnsley was once known as the greatest market town in the north of England  i suppose it will be now known as the greatest supermarket town in the north of england  .as the old sign said Welcome to Barnsley market  will now read welcome to Barnsley supermarkets ,and we  are all supposed to get behind the new town centre development whenever that will be, there will be no town centre soon thanks planners Tesco Morrisons sainsbury,s asda big thanks to you all jamie

Reply Posted by ray p. on Wednesday June 13 2012 at 15:57
i thought the all idea of the big OUT OF TOWN supermarkets was to alieviate traffic congestion for retail shopping etc in town,,whats the point of the park and ride that never happens at stairfoot tesco if they open one in town...seems a joke to me !!!!!!!!! 

Reply Posted by Vernapaul4 on Wednesday June 13 2012 at 15:59
never mind barnsley getting another supermarket build one in thurnscoe if we need to go shopping we have to travel to cortonwood for morrisons wath for tesco doncaster for asda theres plenty of land here to build on so instead of cramming everything into barnsley so please tell the planners to send them our way many thanks

Reply Posted by Sharkey on Wednesday June 13 2012 at 16:24
Not another supermarket, how ridiculous! If Tesco or Sainsbury's come into town can't see that they will do that well as they are both more expensive than Morrisons, Asda, Lidl and of course Aldi - what is the point?

Reply Posted by Guestymcguest on Wednesday June 13 2012 at 20:54
I like supermarkets for the conveinience but THERE ARE TOO MANY. And now saturating the town centre as well, My main concern is that the profits made from supermarkets will not be invested back in our town, local traders probably would.

Reply Posted by Mad gaz on Thursday June 14 2012 at 19:58
What is happening to Barnsley town centre-what was once a great diverse shopping centre is now just full of Bars,Bookmakers, Opticians-and now Supermarkets!