Jobs and fuel boost for Bassetlaw area

Work has started on a new Asda supermarket in Harworth that will create 80 full-time jobs.

Tuesday, 26th June 2012, 3:11 pm

And Bassetlaw MP John Mann is hopeful that if the store includes a petrol station, it will help drive down fuel prices for both Harworth and Worksop motorists alike.

The construction of the new store on Scrooby Road got under way on Monday, and is the first phase of a major regeneration project by land owner and developer Harworth Estates.

The 22,000 sq ft supermarket on the former Harworth Colliery site is scheduled to open in late October.

A spokesman for Asda said: “We are delighted to be opening our Harworth store later this year and look forward to providing low prices and excellent customer service.”

He also confirmed that they were currently ‘assessing the viability’ for a petrol station at the site.

Mr Mann said lower petrol prices in Harworth would impact on prices elsewhere and help bring them down.

He added: “If a Harworth Asda has lower petrol prices this will be a good thing for us all.”

As part of the development, house builder Jones Homes will create 120 new houses, starting in summer 2013, to complete phase one of the project.

A further 800 houses will follow the Jones Homes project, delivering almost 1,000 new homes in total, with a further 40 acres of land set aside for business use.

Coun David Challinor said years of planning and hard work were ‘finally coming to fruition’.

“This is great for the community. We are lifting the profile of Harworth and Bircotes, and people are taking pride in their town,” he said.

“This store will create around 80 new jobs in the community, and people have already started to apply for them.”

Harworth Estates director Tim Love said the it is a major development for Harworth, which is set to deliver a ‘huge number’ of new jobs.

He continued: “Jones Homes has a reputation for a very high calibre of design and construction and its 120 new homes will set the standard for the remainder of what will be almost one thousand new homes.”

“The aim of Harworth Estates is to deliver a top quality build for the entire retail, residential and commercial elements of the project.”

“We consulted widely with local people before submitting our plans to Bassetlaw Council and we are delivering on our promise to develop homes alongside viable jobs, so ensuring Asda is the first element is vital to our plan.”