New plans have been put forward which could finally see the demolition of a pub in Almondbury to make way for a supermarket.

The development of the area has been mired in controversy since proposals were first put forward some years ago.

But now the developer, G & R Lees, has put in new plans which could see the former Rose & Crown pub, a listed building, demolished to make way for the Co-op to move in.

G & R Lees experienced opposition from some residents and also from English Heritage after submitting two separate planning applications several years ago. It has now revised its proposals and submitted new plans to Kirklees Council.

The proposal includes the demolition of the boarded-up former pub on Northgate and the construction of a new building which could accommodate a new and larger Co-op with two flats above.

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It is thought the Co-op will move from its existing store at the site to the proposed new building, which would have more floor space. The proposal also includes four cottages, each containing two flats and residential parking.

There was opposition to previous planning applications because the proposed residential buildings were thought to be too close to neighbouring properties and the proposed developments were not seen to be in keeping with the area.

Kirklees Liberal Democrats have sent letters to residents about the new plans.

Almondbury Lib Dem Clr Phil Scott said: “The delay in progress has been really frustrating for local residents and also the developer, and the Rose & Crown is now an eyesore and a hub of anti-social behaviour.

Clr Phil Scott outside the Rose & Crown

“In the last 18 months, I have worked with the developer and consulted with local residents about the development proposals and the future of the site.

“Kirklees Liberal Democrats are keen to see a solution for the site as soon as possible. We are supportive of investment in Almondbury and want to see new shopping facilities and new jobs, which will really benefit the local community. We want to see developments which will boost the village’s economy, but we also need to protect the unique character of the area and its Conservation Area status.

“I am happy that the developer has recognised the views of the local community after issues were raised and the previous planning applications were rejected.”

Local residents can comment on the new proposals until Friday, March 18. The first application relates specifically to the demolition of the Rose & Crown and can be viewed on the Council’s Planning Portal at: 2014/65/90001/W. The second relates to the rest of the development and is at: 2013/62/93746/W.

People can email comments to planning.contactcentre@kirklees.gov.uk or write to: Development Management, Planning Services, Civic Centre 1, Huddersfield, HD1 2JR.