Food stores plan to be refused?

A computer generated image of what the new store would look like.
A computer generated image of what the new store would look like.

Plans for a new Aldi supermarket and Home Bargains store in Glass Houghton are expected to be rejected by council bosses.

Wakefield Council’s planning and highways committee is expected to turn down planning permission for the scheme , on the site of the former Hardy’s Printers, off Park Road, at a meeting today (Thursday).

The scheme was due to be considered at a meeting in October but was deferred so it could be discussed alongside other applications including the Five Towns Park in February.

But then Wakefield Council deferred the decision again as it was waiting for more paperwork.

The committee is expected to refuse the application today because of its “ significant adverse impact on the vitality and viability of Castleford town centre.”

Ben Ellis, a director for developer Quora said: “We are disappointed after such a lot of hard work as to why officers would choose to recommend refusal for this development that will bring a multi-million pound investment to this area as well as all the associated benefits including 120 jobs, regeneration of a brownfield site and wider retail choice.

“We were delighted with the fact that the proposals generated overwhelming public support including support from local councillors who have understood from the outset the importance of the investment benefits of the scheme.”

If the scheme was approved, both stores could open by the end of the year.

A spokesman for Aldi said: “Aldi is fully committed to the scheme and it is disappointing that officers will not support the regeneration of a site that has been vacant for a number of years creating an eyesore for local people.”

Visit the Express website at www.pontefractandcastlefordexpress.co.uk for the decision from the meeting.