Consultation on store starts

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B&Q superstore, Colorado Way, Glasshoughton.'p304a329
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Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s will start a public consultation on its plans for a new food store in Glass Houghton next weekend.

Sainsbury’s plans to convert the existing B&Q store on Aspen Way and will hold an open exhibition of its proposals at the Glass Houghton Centre on Leeds Road on Friday September 20 from 11am to 7pm.

The plans will also be exhibited at the Premier Inn Hotel, Colorado Way, on Saturday September 21 from 10am to 4pm.

Bruno Moore, head of town planning for Sainsbury’s, said: “Before we submit our plans, we’re very keen to know what the community thinks.

“Everyone is welcome to attend the exhibition to discuss the proposals with our project team and ask any questions they may have.”

Sainsbury’s proposes to turn the B&Q building into a new food store with 70,000sq ft of sales space, car parking and a customer cafe.

The plans also include an additional staff car park and improved pedestrian walkways within the site. It could also include a petrol station.

It would create 300 full and part-time jobs.

The store is currently only allowd to sell DIY products, but Sainsbury’s is hoping council planning chiefs will lift the restriction.

It hopes to submit a planning application to Wakefield Council by the end of the year.

B&Q has pledged to remain in Glass Houghton and says it is looking for alternative premises, while around 116 of its staff will be offered interviews to work at the new Sainsbury’s store.

Mr Moore added: “Glass Houghton is an area Sainsbury’s has wanted to be represented in for some time.

“If our plans were approved we would look forward to serving the community.

“A store in Glass Houghton would create at least 300 jobs and would be a great use for the site when B&Q relocates.”