New shopping development could bring 130 jobs to Wakefield

Aerial view of the proposed new shopping and leisure facilities at Snowhill.
Aerial view of the proposed new shopping and leisure facilities at Snowhill.
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Property investors hope to convince people living near the Snowhill area of the city of the need for a new shopping development.

They held an event yesterday to showcase plans for a discount food store, seven shops, coffee shop, car park and pub at land bordered by the A650 and Redhall Lane.

West Register Property Investments claims 130 jobs would be created if its planning application is approved by Wakefield Council.

The proposal is on a neighbouring site to where more than 1,000 homes could be build under separate plans.

Permission for a new roundabout at the site has already been approved.

People were invited to St. Austin’s Church, Wentworth Terrace, yesterday from 4pm to view West Register’s plans for the site.

Nick Denton, of Rees Denton, the leasing agent for the site, said: “The planning application for these new facilities is due to be considered by Wakefield Council later this year.

“As well as providing a significant number of job opportunities, the proposal offers a number of benefits to the local area.

“It includes a variety of shops and facilities to meet the needs of nearby residents as well as a food store, ideal for those living in new housing being built in this part of Wakefield.

“If approved, the scheme could also help trigger the wider regeneration of Snowhill and encourage future investment.”

A planning application by Yorkcourt Properties for 1,234 homes next to the site was given outline approval by the council in 2011.

A 400-space park and ride scheme was also part of the plan, along with improvements to junction 41 of the nearby M1 motorway.

Plans for the new roundabout, between Paragon Business Park and the junction with Leeds Road, were approved by Wakefield Council in 2012.

It is designed to ease traffic flow when the new homes are built.