PLANS councillors welcomed for a retail giant to build five new stores in Barnsley remain in the pipeline - and a Cudworth councillor has said a store would come ‘at the right time’.

Exact locations are largely yet to be determined, but German company Lidl are expanding and have announced they are still hoping to open stores in Cudworth, Dodworth, Hoyland, Penistone and Worsbrough.

The plans were originally announced last summer - and two planning applications have been lodged for new Barnsley sites since.

Cudworth Coun Charlie Wraith said he welcomed a Lidl in Cudworth last summer, and remains keen on the idea - particularly due to the rising costs of living.

“I think the important thing is we’ve got to keep moving forward - if you think something is going to go ahead, then you need to go ahead with it,” he said.

“They must think it is a possibility for the supermarket to do well here otherwise they wouldn’t want to come.

“I think it really will help families because the prices are lower than other shops - especially with the rising cost of living and how expensive everything is at the moment.”

An application for the Hoyland store was submitted in March - would be built to the north of Sheffield Road.

Local residents have expressed their concerns at the application, saying the plans would destroy one of the last untouched green spaces in the area.

An application was also lodged to build a 1,979 square metre store on the former Goldthorpe Primary School site on the junction of High Street and Doncaster Road in February.

The plans are part of the firm’s aim to open 220 new stores in the UK by 2025 - creating 4,000 jobs.