SUPERMARKET giant Somerfield is planning to open a convenience store in Scissett, it has emerged (writes Express & Chronicle reporter Nick Lavigueur
Plans for a medium-sized supermarket in a 14 unit apartment complex at the JS Auckland car spares site, next to Scissett swimming baths, have been lodged with Kirklees Council.
Drawings submitted with the application show a three storey building with a pitched roof, with the upper two floors being apartments and the ground floor retail space. The building is to face Wakefield Road with Somerfield benefiting from 16 parking spaces to the left hand side of the store and apartments residents having their own secure parking behind the building.
As the development is on a retail site and is not in a conservation area with no listed buildings nearby, it would seem likely that the application would succeed.
A statement from developers, Fortis Homes Ltd, says: “This development opportunity provides improvements to the area for the local residents and additional apartment-type accommodation. The development makes appropriate use of the site in a predominately mixed use area, continuing to take advantage of the location and improved access via a principal road. It provides new residential units and employment opportunities to support the local economy directly and indirectly.”
The statement says efforts will be made to match the building materials to that of the swimming baths through the inclusion of a stone clad frontage and the height of the development will be 1m lower than the 12 meter apartment building behind the baths.
Former chairman of Save Our Scissett (SOS) campaign group, the Rev Phillip Reynolds, said although the new development might cause problems for some local traders, SOS were not against the redevelopment of brownfield sites. His group were still very much opposed to the neighbouring 92 home Sunnymeade development in a bid to protect the newts and finches to be found there.
A spokesman for Denby Dale Parish Council, said the council was not going to oppose the application as it was on a retail site.
Clr Terry Sigsworth, also a member of SOS, said there were a few concerns about the height and the bland design of the building but opinion was split on whether or not it was good for the area.
Somerfield is one of the UK’s largest retailers having more than 1,000 stores and 50,000 staff.