The best laid plans

New Aldi development at Birds Royd Lane, Brighouse
New Aldi development at Birds Royd Lane, Brighouse

Frustrated developers for a new supermarket in Brighouse have hit more setbacks with a final ruling being delayed until later this year.

Plans for a new Aldi store in Birds Royd Lane that would create more jobs were put on hold in March after a rival developer appealed a High Court ruling.

The development had been given the go-ahead at the High Court after they won a legal challenge over developer Younger Homes Northern Ltd.

However, the developer has opposed the decision and a case will be heard at the Appeal Court in London.

Now it could be weeks before the case will begin.

Mike Clarke, Property Director at Aldi, said: “Aldi is understandably frustrated at the continued delays to its proposed store in Brighouse, and it is now likely that it will be approximately eight weeks until the latest appeal from Younger Homes is heard.

“Aldi is disappointed at potential further delays to the project, although we are strongly optimistic about delivering a new store.”

The plans will see the buildings at Calderbank House, 9a Birds Royd Lane, Princess Works and Royd House demolished. Aldi is also looking to support a number of community initiatives after receiving widespread local backing throughout the planning process.

When the proposals were submitted they were disputed by Morrisons supermarket and by the Brighouse Business Initiative, who objected to the plans on the grounds that the site was too far from the town centre and there was a preferable alternative at Sugden’s Mill. However, the supermarket was granted planning permission in June 2013 following a meeting of the Calderdale Council planning committee on May 28, 2013.

Lesley Adams, of the Brighouse Business Initiative, said that even though there is the promise of jobs it will impact on the town centre.

“We saw the same thing when Tesco opened up and we had 30 empty shops in the town centre. We have only just got back to having almost all of them open.

“We don’t want the Aldi to be built on the site as it is in the wrong place and it will detract shoppers out of the town centre.

“There is a more suitable site on Mill Royd Lane that is closer to the town centre.”

A hearing for the case is set to take place at Calderdale Magistrates Court in September.