A new supermarket will be built on an abandoned industrial site in Mirfield.

Lidl has been given the green light to double its capacity in the town.

It will close its existing store when the new bigger one is built, expected to be September 2017.

Kirklees councillors approved Lidl’s plan to revamp the mothballed Vuelio water management premises on the other side of the road to its current Station Road premises.

The site, next to Mirfield train station, has been unused since 2012.

Lidl spokesman, Chris Jones, told councillors the firm had been trading in Mirfield for two decades and the shop was now too small.

He said the car park was an issue at peak times and the store did not have the range of stock that it could offer if it was bigger.

He said there had been 800 signatures in support of the plan and no objections to it.

Councillors agreed the plan was good for the town.

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Clr Graham Turner, said: “It brings a derelict site back into use and it will be a better site than the current one, improving the lack of parking and other pressures.”

It is thought Lidl has agreed to sell its current store to a care home firm.

Proposed site for new supermarket, Station Road, Mirfield.

The larger store will begin to be built this September and when complete an extra 20 staff will be needed – double the current workforce.

The road layout will be adjusted to allow cars to turn right into the site from Station Road without blocking the road.

The store will be built with its back to the adjacent canal, facing the railway platform.

Parking will be limited to two hours to prevent rail commuters from using it.

A Highways official told councillors efforts were still underway to provide a bigger car park for the train station.

Commuters are currently parking along both sides of Station Road, causing congestion for motorists throughout the day.