Planning permission for the multi-million pound supermarket development and possible Tigers ground on the former Vesuvius site has been REFUSED, the Guardian can now reveal.
The Secretary of State announced this morning the appeal for the site has been dismissed following a seven-day enquiry last year.
The decision comes over a year after Bassetlaw Council’s planning committee turned down the development on Sandy Lane, saying it would “kill off” Worksop town centre.
Bassetlaw MP John Mann said he was shocked by the news and said the decision had ignored public opinion in the town.
“This is an extremely disappointing decision for the people of Worksop, a new football ground for the town’s team is a top priority for many people and this has seen their dreams dashed,” he said.
“The Secretary of State has said that local opinions should come first in planning decisions but he has not listened to what is needed or wanted in this town.”
A Bassetlaw Council spokesman said: “We will not be making any further comment until it has had time to fully consider the Planning Inspector’s report.”
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