Massive plans for a Lidl, pub and gym - but residents don't want 'ugly' £9m scheme
A computer generated image of how the new retail park could look
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 12 Nov 2018
A £9m retail park plan, including a Lidl supermarket, looks set to get the go-ahead, despite fears it could damage existing businesses.
Plans for a £6m Lidl store, a drive-through coffee shop, a pub/restaurant, gym and offices would create scores of jobs on the south east corner of Beverley.
The scheme, which goes before East Riding Council’s planning committee on Thursday, looks set to win approval, subject to conditions.
But fears the retail and leisure park could harm existing businesses at venues including the Flemingate Centre and Tokenspire Business Park have sparked an objection from Woodmansey Parish Council.
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.
A £6m Lidl store, which could create at least 40 full and part-time jobs, is proposed for the Beverley site
The society has told the council: “Whilst the new housing developments to the south of the Minster may, in the longer term, generate a higher demand for food retail services, the town is well served at present by its four large supermarket chains stores and smaller units.”
It claims the plans would provide, in the main, opportunities for only low-skilled, zero hours and part-time employment. It also objects to the “shed” style design for the six-acre greenfield site, which would take access off off the Hull Road/Minster Way roundabout.
The society has 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.’
The proposed site, on the south east corner of Beverley, was unveiled at a public exhibition in 2016 (Image: Simon Kench)
“It is proposing a sub-standard drive-in image, with large areas of visible car parking, small scale planting and a large horizontal shed.”
The civic society insists “the site deserves a much higher quality landmark building”.
In a report to go before Thursday’s planning committee, the council’s director of planning and economic regeneration Alan Menzies says an impact assessment has been carried out. He says: “Beverley town centre is in good health and the proposals would not adversely affect its vitality and viability.”
He reports there are no preferable sites suitable and available for the development. Mr Menzies says in the report: “The proposals would generate employment and serve this end of the town, adjacent to a site which is expected to deliver over 800 houses in the future.
“The proposals would include a new arm off the Minster Way roundabout and would not have a severe effect on the local highway network.
“The design of the proposals is acceptable in this location which is not of any particular landscape value.”
The committee will be asked to authorise approval of the scheme subject to conditions, following the receipt of final comments and conditions from highways.
If planning permission is granted, building work is expected to start in early 2019.