A PLANNING inspector has finished hearing evidence in a public inquiry focusing on Huddersfield’s Kingsgate shopping centre.
The inquiry was called after Kingsgate owner WD Huddersfield appealed against Kirklees Council’s decision to refuse permission for a 120,000sq ft extension of the centre.
The seven-day inquiry, which concluded yesterday, took evidence from expert witnesses called by WD Huddersfield and the council. The hearing was held at the Galpharm Stadium.
Government inspector Trevor Cookson will consider the evidence and deliver his verdict in a report to be sent to both parties within weeks.
WD Huddersfield’s £50m proposed development would provide a 75,000sq ft department store and six other shops. It could open in September, 2011.
Kirklees says the scheme conflicts with their £200m Queensgate Revival to provide a new library, art gallery three-storey department store, a 100-bed hotel, 100 homes and a new market hall, bars and restaurants.