New Lidl gets go-ahead as part of £9m retail park by Beverley - despite big concerns
A computer generated image of what the £6m proposed Lidl store would look like at Beverley (Image: SMR Architects)
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 7 Dec 2018
Plans for a new £9m retail park on the southern outskirts of Beverley have been given the go-ahead.
Councillors on East Riding Council's planning committee gave the scheme the go-ahead despite concerns over its potential impact on shops in the town centre.
Earmarked for a six-acre site off the main roundabout connecting Hull Road with the town's new southern by-pass, the initial phase of the development will see the construction of a new £6m Lidl supermarket and a drive-through Costa Coffee.
The approval also allows joint developers Cookbridge Estates to draw up more detailed pans for other potential units, including a gym, a pub and restaurants.
Speaking against the scheme, veteran Beverley-based Councillor Bryan Pearson claimed the idea of supermarket there was against the council's own land use allocation for the site.
Councillor Bryan Pearson who voted against the new Lidl store (Image: HullLive)
Although designated for general employment use, he said most jobs likely to be created there would be part time and involve zero hours contracts.
"We should be looking for something that is going to provide good employment," he said.
"Over the years Beverley has lost its shipbuilding, the tannery and its engineering works.
"It needs something substantial in terms of employment for people to look forward to over the next decade or three."
Cllr Pearson also claimed allowing new retail outlets to open on the edge of Beverley was bad news for existing town centre traders.
"I see this as the thin end of the wedge.
"It's the same story Hull City Council was given when they built Kingswood - don't worry it won't affect the city centre.
"Well. take a walk down Whitefriargate as I did the other day and you will see it's dead. Places like Kingswood have slaughtered people trying to make an honest living down there.
"It's nonsense to say this won't effect Beverley town centre. There will be a downturn and I am not going to sit at this table and say I don't care because I do."
Saturday Market car park in Beverley (Image: Hull Daily Mail)
But Councillor Mike Stathers welcomed the new scheme and pointed to initial fears over the Flemingate retail development having a negative impact on the town centre.
"We were told Flemingate was going to kill town centre but I believe shoppers in Beverley have made their own decision.
Christmas lights switch-on and fireworks at Beverley's Flemingate Centre (Image: La Lumiere)
"If you compare current footfall in Flemingate and the town centre, it's clear people are still loyal to the town centre."