200 jobs could be created by development in Epworth
PLANS that could see a new supermarket, residential properties and a care complex built in Epworth have been exhibited for the first time.
But the development, which would see the Holmes and Gardens Garden Centre relocated, has been given a mixed reception by residents.
Tillbridge Developments has put the proposals forward, although formal plans may not be submitted to North Lincolnshire Council until the summer.
The proposals include a new 150 space car park, a 17,000 sq ft supermarket, a doctor's surgery, 39 retirement apartments, a relocated garden centre and four executive houses.
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Bosses say the scheme could create 200 full and part-time jobs.
Hundreds of residents turned out to view the plans at Imperial Hall in Epworth
One of those was Mo Leggott, 59, who has lived in Epworth all her life.
She said: "This is almost the same application that was put forward about five years ago and I still have the same questions.
"I don't know that the doctors want to give up their properties, I don't know that this is what the people want.
"Do the people in the villages want to get in their cars and drive to Epworth?
"I don't believe people will be happy with the idea."
But Susan Leech, 46, from Epworth said: "Epworth does need a new supermarket, it is something that we have needed for a while.
"It is something the place needs, a development like this and money being invested."
Giles Walter, of Tillbridge Developments, said: "It has been quite interesting to hear from the residents, I have been pleasantly surprised as there has been more support for the proposals than we expected.
"Epworth does not have a proper supermarket.
"It will mean shoppers won't have to drive to Scunthorpe, Gainsborough or Doncaster, they will be able to spend their money and shop in Epworth."
"McCarthy & Stone are the leading providers in living apartments for the elderly, these will be for sale and not for rent. There will also be links to the high street from the development."
The site is located behind the High Street with access off Belton Road.
The developers believe it is the ideal location due to its close links to the High Street, direct pedestrian access and its car park can be used by users of the town centre.
The impact on traffic has been cited as a concern but Tillbridge bosses say they are confident that impact will be minimal.
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