BARNSLEY Council’s planning board have extended their decision date on plans to build a new supermarket in Hoyland Common.

Lidl lodged its bid for a new store on Sheffield Road, off Birdwell roundabout, with a proposed new access off Cross Keys Lane before withdrawing the application before a planning meeting scheduled for December 2022.

However, the plans were re-submitted to Barnsley Council in June.

The main concerns raised around the development saw traffic generation on the already-busy road network, as well as there already been sufficient retail provision due to an Aldi, Morrisons, Co-op and Tesco all within a short distance of the site.

Residents also raised concerns about noise, disturbance and air pollution from delivery lorries; loss of greenspace, impact on house prices and possible impact on the Cross Keys pub.

They were also concerned about the impact of the road network.

A traffic survey has been completed to ease residents’ woes.

It states that at peak times in a morning, the area around Birdwell roundabout will see an increase of just over 100 cars.

A report states: “Traffic surveys were undertaken at these junctions - Cross Keys Lane, Sheffield Road, Rockingham cross roads, Evri link road, Dearne Valley Parkway, Tankersley Lane and Hoyland Road - on Tuesday May 2 between the hours of 7am and 10am.

“The survey results show that the peak hour has been calculated as occurring between 8am and 9am.

“The site is expected to generate some 110 vehicular trips during the weekday morning peak period.”

An initial decision date was due to be made by May 22, however the council have extended the date to July 31.