A MULTI-MILLION pound supermarket development that will create more jobs in Brighouse and Rastrick has been unveiled.
The £3.5 million project will see an Aldi store built on the land where the former Princess Works, Royd House and Station garage currently occupy at the junction off Birds Royd Lane and Huddersfield Road.
Developer contractor Worthington Properties has submitted the plans to Calderdale Council for the 1.27 acre site for a 14,700 square foot store with 90 customer parking spaces.
Worthington Properties development director Russell Worthington said: “Aldi has been one of the success stories in the food retailing sector in recent years. The company offers high quality products but is committed to providing outstanding value, which means its new stores have been welcomed by communities across the UK.
“As well as bringing new jobs, an Aldi store on Birds Royd Lane will be an important addition to the Brighouse retail landscape, helping diversify the retail offer in the town. We are very hopeful that our application will be successful.”
The company say the development will bring back into use a derelict brownfield site that has been left unused for over 15 years.
The design will use local materials, such as split face sandstone, ensuring the new store will blend into the landscape.
Councillor Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse) whose ward adjoins the development, said: “If the plans go ahead we need to be very careful having a supermarket on the corner because there are so many problems with traffic congestion not just along Huddersfield Road but along Birds Royd too. We need to implement something to replace the Blakeborough’s Bridge that runs from Armytage Industrial site to Birds Royd to take the pressure from the development.
“From a retail point of view I think this shows again how attractive Brighouse is. There is still talks on going for the shop units at Mill Royd Street and this will all enhance Brighouse. I know this development will create jobs but I want to make sure that it doesn’t lose them from smaller shops in the town.
“My two major concerns with this is the traffic congestion and how all the councillors were not informed about it.”
Worthington Properties has been developing and building commercial and retail properties for nearly forty years. It has a track record of working with blue chip clients on high profile sites across the North of England.
Retail property is earmarked as an area of potential growth for the company and new sites are being sought across North West England and Yorkshire.