Lidl faces snub in favour of retail scheme at Snowhill

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A new shopping development in the city’s Snowhill area is set to be approved by the council.

West Register Property Investments wants to build a discount food store, seven shops, a coffee shop, car park and pub at land to the west of the A650 and Redhall Lane.

It is on a neighbouring site to where more than 1,000 homes could be built under separate plans. Permission for a new roundabout at the site has already been granted.

West Register claims the development would create 130 jobs.

A report to Thursday’s meeting of Wakefield Council’s planning committee recommends that planning permission is granted, subject to a £10,000 contribution to public transport.

A separate planning application for a new Lidl supermarket, a frozen food store, restaurant and car park on the east side of the A650 at Snowhill is recommended for refusal.

The report said technical objections had been raised to the Lidl scheme by highways bosses.

It added: “When balancing the two schemes it is considered that the proposals subject of this application should be refused and the proposals submitted by West Register should be approved.”