Land earmarked for a failed Tesco superstore bid is up for auction.
The 6.4-acre former Midlothian Garage site in New Mill Road, Holmfirth, is for sale with a guide price of £750,000.
It had been the subject of a controversial planning application for years.
And auctioneer Walker Singleton says the land, owned by Tesco, may be suitable for housing, offices, leisure facilities or a petrol station.
An advert for the land says: “Planning consultants advise that the site is potentially suitable for a number of alternative uses including ‘roadside’ use, employment use, leisure and residential subject to all necessary consents.”
In November, Tesco announced it would not be building any stores in the Holme Valley for the foreseeable future.
The troubled supermarket giant, which is now under investigation for late payments to suppliers, said it would be selling the Holmfirth site.
Tesco had hoped to build a store with 2,137m² of shopfloor space but the proposal was rejected by Kirklees Council over traffic concerns.
The council’s reasons for rejecting the plan were upheld by the Planning Inspectorate during an unsuccessful appeal by Tesco in 2013.
Last month the supermarket chain, announced it will not build a new store at Southgate, on the edge of Huddersfield town centre.
The plan is one of 49 new store proposals to be canned by Tesco last month.
A further 43 unprofitable stores will be closed across the UK.
However, the sale of the Kirklees Council-owned land at Southgate to Tesco is legally binding.
Cash from the sale is funding work on Huddersfield’s new £36m leisure centre at Springwood, which is due to open this summer.
It is claimed that Tesco has invested £10m in the sports centre.