Plans for new supermarket move closer

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B&Q superstore, Colorado Way, Glasshoughton.'p304a329

Plans by supermarket giant Sainsbury’s to take over the B&Q store in Glass Houghton and create hundreds of jobs have moved a step nearer.

Proposals to transform the DIY store into a supermarket – submitted to Wakefield Council’s in January – are now expected to be discussed by the council’s planning committee in June.

The prosed development is expected to create around 400 full and part-time vacancies at the Aspen Way site.

Sainsbury’s bosses are now seeking the public’s thoughts on the plans.

Bruno Moore, head of town planning for Sainsbury’s, said: “We’re really pleased with the public’s response to our plans so far.

“Following consultation, local people have told us that the store would benefit the area and provide the community with more shopping choice.

“People have also said that our proposals will be a good use for the existing building when B&Q relocates.”

The store, just off junction 32 of the M62, is currently only allowed to sell DIY goods but Sainsbury’s hopes council chiefs will lift the restriction as part of the application.

Mr Moore added: “A planning committee date will be announced in due course, but it is looking very likely that a decision will be made by Wakefield Council in June.

“Until then we are continuing to take feedback and queries, so we would urge people to get in touch if they have any comments about the scheme or would like to ask any questions.”

No-one from B&Q was available to comment.

For more information or to submit your views on the plans call Sainsbury’s Consultation hotline on 0800 3196162.