Owners of Huddersfield’s Kingsgate shopping centre have amended their plans for a multi-million pound extension to the complex.

And will mean more delays for the scheme.

Proposals tabled last year for a £17m extension to the scheme have been withdrawn and a new planning application lodged with Kirklees Council.

Peter Everest, managing director of Kingsgate owner WD Huddersfield, said the scheme – called Kingsgate Leisure – had been changed following a number of consultations.

He did not expand on the reasons for the change or give details, but said the new application was “broadly speaking the same”.

Details are expected to emerge later this week.

The plan that has been scrapped sought permission for nine restaurant/leisure units covering 82,000sq ft of floorspace and a 22,000sq ft multi-screen cinema linking to the existing shopping mall.

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The proposal included demolishing three listed buildings at 20.22 and 24 Cross Church Street – within a Conservation Area – to provide a new entrance to the four-level development.

The entrance would replicate the “drum” entrance to the shopping mall at the junction of King Street and Cross Church Street.

A report to planners at the end of last year said that Kingsgate Leisure – together with improvements at the nearby Packhorse Centre – would lift the retail and leisure offer at “the poorer end of the retail market in Huddersfield.”

The proposals were first revealed last October and an amended plan submitted in December.