Plans to build a new Lidl store in Salendine Nook appear to be temporarily on hold, after the supermarket chain withdrew their planning application.
Lidl planned to build a new store at the site of the former Spotted Cow pub on New Hey Road in Salendine Nook. The plans were met with mixed responses from residents at the time with some supporting the new store, and others fearing it could affect other local businesses.
Today, Lidl have announced they have had to withdraw their current planning application due to tight time constraints placed upon them by Kirklees Council, but added that they were ‘committed to building a new store at this site’
In an email to supporters, they said “Lidl has today made the decision to withdraw this planning application. Lidl and its development team have been working hard to address a limited number of key technical and policy points which have been raised by planning officers. Less than a week ago, we were informed by the Council that the application would be taken to the planning committee on 31st March whilst additional work, requested by Council officers, remained ongoing.”
“Unfortunately, the 31st March committee date does not provide sufficient time for this additional work, which relates to retail planning policy matters and the viability of housing development at the site, to be concluded and issued to the Council prior to the committee meeting. Lidl has therefore been left with little choice other than to withdraw the application at this time before making a decision on our next steps.”
They added that “Lidl remains absolutely committed to building a new store on this site. We know that there is strong local support for the proposed new Lidl store and we would like to thank all of you who have written to the council, contacted councillors, signed our online petition in support”.
Huddersfield Times approached both Lidl and Kirklees Comment for comment.
A spokesperson for Lidl GB told us:
“We can confirm that the planning application for a new store on New Hey Road in Huddersfield has been withdrawn. Our team has been working extremely hard to address a limited number of key technical and policy points raised by planning officers. However, less than a week ago, we were informed by the Council that the application would be taken to planning committee on 31st March whilst additional work, requested by Council Officers, remained ongoing. Unfortunately, this does not provide sufficient time for this additional work to be concluded and issued to the Council prior to the committee meeting. Lidl has therefore chosen to withdraw the application on this occasion before making a decision on our next steps.”
“We would like to thank the hundreds of local people who have written to the council to show their support, the many hundreds more who have signed our online petition in support so far and the thousand-plus residents who indicated their support for a new Lidl store on this site during our community consultation.”
In response, Kirklees Council told us:
“The application was assessed in line with our planning policies and a decision was made to take it to the Planning Committee on 31 March 2021. The applicant was informed that additional work needed to be undertaken by them and, as a result, have decided to withdraw their application.”