COUNCILLORS today approved plans for a £50m regeneration project in Castleford – as it emerged a third developer hopes to build a supermarket in the town.
Members of Wakefield Council’s planning committee voted unanimously to renew planning permission for Edinburgh House’s scheme to build a supermarket, apartments and retail units in the town centre, despite fears it could halt Castleford Tigers’ plan to sell its ground for a “large format food store”.
But this morning it was revealed a third developer hopes to build a supermarket within a mile of both schemes at Castleford’s former Hickson and Welch site.
In a letter to the committee, objecting to Edinburgh House’s application, the owners of the site – Aeternum Capital – said it is drawing up plans to redevelop the site, which would include building a “food retail superstore”.
It said: “The scheme will deliver considerable regeneration benefits to Castleford, creating a significant number of new jobs, while at the same time the proposed highway and flood mitigation works could help open up the wider Castleford riverside area to further regeneration opportunities.”
Councillors agreed to renew Edinburgh House’s planning permission – which expired after five years in February – after hearing it would not “act as a block” to rival schemes.
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