Lidl store plans back on the table

Possible new supermarket at site of Clifton Bridge Works, Brighouse
Possible new supermarket at site of Clifton Bridge Works, Brighouse

A supermarket has put in new plans for a store on the edge of Brighouse town centre - a few months after their original proposals were rejected.

Lidl are proposing a new outlet new outlet on Wakefield Road, between Wood Street and Grove Street, approximately 125 metres from Brighouse town centre.

The application includes the demolition of existing buildings on the site, which will be replaced by a new 2,470 square metre store with 104 parking spaces - to include four mobility impaired and four parent and child spaces, together with cycle parking facilities.

The plans said: “The proposed Lidl foodstore is expected to create up to 40 employment opportunities for local people, which will be available on a full and part-time basis.

“Since the determination of the previous application, the applicant has acquired additional land comprising the Robin Hood public house in order to deliver the required car parking provision whilst also retaining Clifton Beck as an open, culverted watercourse.”

Other sites on the town centre had been looked at for the proposed development including the Lawson Road building and the former Sugden’s Mill Site but were said to be unsuitable.

Planning agents Plan A Limited said the former Clifton Bridge Works site is also preferable to one on Birds Royd Lane where Aldi were proposing to build a store.

The proposals also outline that the building of the supermarket could have more benefits for the town rather than pull trade away from businesses.

The application said: “It can be concluded that the proposed development is highly unlikely to have a ‘significant adverse impact’ on the trading performance of the town centre. No existing shops are likely to close as a direct result of the proposals.

“Indeed, the proposal is well placed on the edge of the town centre to encourage linked trip generation and spin-off benefits for town centre shops and services.

“Accordingly, the impact of the proposed store on consumer choice can only be positive. Local residents will have access to a wider range of goods in an accessible location that will encourage linked trips to be undertaken with other town centre shops and services. The proposal will, therefore, encourage a shift in shopping patterns by offering an alternative to single trip bulk food shops at existing large stores.”