‘Iceberg’ is an blot on the landscape

Residents are unhappy that Newcold Ltd's warehouse is a blot on the landscape. Newmarket Lane, Wakefield
Residents are unhappy that Newcold Ltd's warehouse is a blot on the landscape. Newmarket Lane, Wakefield

A cold storage warehouse, which will create 150 new jobs, has been labelled an eyesore.

Newcold Limited’s building is part of a development on Newmarket Lane, near Stanley, where Wakefield Wildcats considered building a new stadium.

Construction work started on the warehouse in May but people living with in view of the site say the building has ruined the landscape.

Paul Dainton, of Altofts Lodge Drive, said: “It looks like someone has just stuck a giant iceberg in the middle of the area.

“I appreciate it is bringing new jobs but it has spoilt the lovely views on one of our green spaces.”

Neil Barron, of Birkwood Road, Altofts, said he felt no consideration was given to the impact the warehouse would have.

He said: “My family have lost the open and green perspective, having this glaringly white building rammed down our throats.”

“This continues wherever I walk my dogs and I am one of many hundreds who enjoy the local walks.”

The new warehouse, which will supply retailers around Yorkshire, is expected to open in the summer of next year.

Newcold Limited’s UK director Ray Perry said the site was chosen because of its proximity to motorway networks. He added: “It will be most modern cold storage facility in Europe.

“The building was designed to be energy efficient so it is white to reflect the sunlight.

“Logistically there are many food manufacturing companies in Yorkshire and many just miles from the area.”