Huge plans for a Lidl, pub and gym in £9m scheme delayed over traffic fears

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 19 Nov 2018

A decision on controversial plans for £9m Beverley retail park plan has been put on ice for a site visit.

East Riding Council’s planning committee has agreed to go and view the site, after Beverley Councillor Bryan Pearson warned of traffic gridlock in the area.

A £6m Lidl store, a drive-through coffee shop, pub/restaurant, gym and offices, is proposed for fields on the south east corner of Beverley.

The six-acre site, where scores of jobs would be created, would be accessed via a new arm off the Hull Road/Minster Way roundabout. But Cllr Pearson told Thursday’s planning committee meeting of traffic problems in the area.

He said: “Swinemoor Lane is permanently gridlocked, I go down Swinemoor Lane regularly.

“What I am asking you to do is to go and have a site visit so we can see exactly where it is and how it links with everything else.”

A computer-generated image of how the retail park would look

The planning committee agreed to visit the site on December 6 before making a decision.

In a report to the committee, East Riding planners had recommended the application could be approved subject to conditions, including final comments and conditions from highways officers.

The recommendation was made despite an objection from Woodmansey Parish Council, which is concerned about the impact the scheme would have on existing businesses in the area, including the Flemingate Centre and Tokenspire Business Park.

Beverley Civic Society has also objected, saying the site fails to address the need for “high quality employment opportunities for the growing town” such as new technology firms.

The site for the planned retail park on the south east corner of Beverley was first unveiled at a public exhibition in 2016

The society claimed the plans would provide, in the main, opportunities for only low-skilled, zero hours and part-time employment.

It also objected to the “shed” style design for the six-acre greenfield site, with "a sub-standard drive-in" look for the site.

The society told the council: “This site is on one of the town’s major gateways and as such should enhance the experience and view for people entering Beverley.

“The current proposal fails to achieve its stated aim of ‘providing an attractive gateway development at the entrance to Beverley from the south.’

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