Lidl would like to open a new foodstore in Huddersfield at the site of the former Spotted Cow pub on New Hey Road.
The proposed development would bring this vacant, brownfield site back into active use, and improve shopping choice and competition for local residents in this growing part of Huddersfield.
Following a positive public consultation with the community a planning application has been submitted to Kirklees Council.
What's happened so far?
Lidl withdrew its previous planning application for the site in March 2021, to allow more time to undertake additional survey work, including an updated household survey of shopping patterns and retail impact assessment. This demonstrates that the proposal will not have a detrimental impact on existing local shops, and that there is a need for additional retail provision in the local area.
An updated viability assessment has also been undertaken which demonstrates that the site is not economically viable for new housing development.
The sales area of the store has been reduced in size and the appearance of the store building has also been amended to a more traditional stone design which is similar to Lidl’s existing store in Holmfirth
Lidl has now submitted a planning application to Kirklees Council which they consider fully addresses the matters raised in the previous planning submissions and feedback received during the latest round of public consultation undertaken in September 2021.
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Lidl GB Ltd has been developing stores throughout the UK since 1994 and currently operates over 925 stores and 13 distribution centres nationwide. The family supermarket takes pride in providing its customers with the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices throughout Great Britain. Social responsibility and sustainability are at the core of the company's daily operations, with the company placing a strong emphasis on its responsibility for people, society and the environment. Lidl GB is passionate about working with British producers and sources two thirds of its products from British suppliers.
This proposal is part of the company’s ongoing £1.3bn expansion and regeneration programme for 2021 and 2022 nationwide, which will deliver hundreds of new jobs locally and millions of pounds of investment in Kirklees.