More out-of-town shops on the way as Snowhill development passed

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A new shopping development will be built in the city’s Snowhill area after plans were approved by Wakefield Council.

The scheme includes a discount food store, seven shops, a coffee shop, car park and pub on land to the west of the A650 and Redhall Lane.

West Register Property Investments was granted permission for the scheme at Wakefield Council’s planning committee meeting last Thursday.

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.

The company’s planning application was approved subject to a £10,000 contribution to public transport.

At the meeting a separate planning application for a new Lidl supermarket, a frozen food store, restaurant and car park on the east side of the A650 was refused.

Councillors decided the Lidl proposal would create traffic problems and harm trading for other nearby retailers.

A report to the meeting said: “In terms of highway capacity, safety and transport issues, it is considered that the proposed development would result in a severe reduction in capacity and significantly increase queues and delays at the A650/Leeds Road/Bar Lane roundabout junction.”