A £50 MILLION leisure and retail development to serve the growing Waverley community is set to be approved this week.
The 12-acre project — including a town square, bus station and hotel — will go before Rotherham Borough Council’s planning board on Thursday.
The application said the development could create as many as 700 jobs and improve the area between the Waverley’s housing and the Advanced Manufacturing Park.
Applicant company Waverley Square Ltd was created by landowners Harworth Group to lead the project.
A petition of 202 names was sent to the council objecting to the size of the proposals and the effect on residents.
But a report to the board from officers said: “A number of benefits would result from the proposed development, including the creation of jobs and the provision of community facilities which include a health and community centre, bus station and food and drink provision.
“These are important community benefits that will aid in the continued sustainable development of the Waverley community and adjacent AMP.”