supermarket chain Lidl is on track to get two big new stores.

Kirklees planners have recommended the German firm is given permission to build new premises at Huddersfield and Mirfield.

Both will replace existing stores but will be bigger and create extra jobs.

Councillors on the Strategic Planning Committee will consider the plans on Thursday, May 19.

The store in Huddersfield will be at the former Kirklees College premises off Trinity Street and will replace the ageing premises off Castlegate.

The store makes up part of the proposed Trinity Central project.

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The site includes the Grade 2 listed former Royal Infirmary and statue of King Edward VI.

An objection to the plan has been lodged by Huddersfield Civic Society, who say retail use is inappropriate adjacent to listed buildings and the Greenhead Park Conservation Area.

Old Kirklees College, Trinity Street, Huddersfield.

Lidl plans to demolish the mothballed 1970s buildings bordering Trinity Street and Castlegate but the historic buildings are set to be retained and could become a health centre and a care home.

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If given the green light the company says it will need to more than double the workforce from 13 to about 30 staff.

In Mirfield Lidl hopes to move across the road to an abandoned factory close to the train station, doubling the size of its store in the process.

It says it will employ 40 staff – 20 more than currently.

It is thought the existing store will be converted into a care home.