40 new jobs at Knottingley food store

Work is expected to start on a new supermarket and retail development on the former library site at The Close, Hill Top, Knottingley.'Cllr Harry Ellis pictured on the development site/area.'p320b437
Work is expected to start on a new supermarket and retail development on the former library site at The Close, Hill Top, Knottingley.'Cllr Harry Ellis pictured on the development site/area.'p320b437

Work on a long-awaited new supermarket in Knottingley – which could create up to 40 jobs – is expected to start next month.

Cut-price retailer Lidl has planning permission to build a new food store as part of a new retail development called The Close.

The scheme, which will be built on the site of the former library just off Hill Top, will also include shops, offices and cafes.

Knottingley councillor Graham Stokes said: “This is big news for Knottingley. I see it as really positive for the area.”

The proposals include the supermarket and five new units that can be used for shops, offices, restaurants and cafes.

They are part of the council’s 20-year Knottingley and Ferrybridge delivery plan, which council chiefs say will lead to the towns becoming “economically successful and thriving” communities.

Knottingley Coun Harry Ellis also welcomed the development.

He said: “Not only does this development create jobs it provides more choice for shoppers.

“There was nothing worse than seeing The Close empty and anything that creates jobs for Knottingley has to be welcomed.

“It will be nice to finally see something happen on the site as we have had a lot of people asking what’s happening.

“The Close development fits in well with the revamp of Hill Top and other improvement work being done in the town.”

A spokeswoman for Lidl said work was on schedule to start in February and was expected to be complete in October.

Coun Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth and skills, said: “This is fantastic news for the district which will help boost our local economy, build on investment in the area as well as creating various jobs for residents.”