Planning approved for Wakefield retail scheme
News / 16 February 2016
Kier Property and GMI Secure Consent
February 2016 – Kier Property with GMI property acting as the development manager and has received planning permission from Wakefield Council for the creation of a new retail scheme in Snowhill, Wakefield which will be anchored by Aldi and bring some 250 new jobs to the local area.
The proposals will transform a vacant circa six acre site on the A650, which connects Wakefield with the M1, and sits adjacent to Paragon Business Park. Consent has been granted for the development of eight retail units totaling 46,600 sq ft and incorporating an Aldi foodstore, five additional retail units and two drive-thru outlets, one of which has been pre-let to McDonalds.
The retail scheme, designed by The Harris Partnership, forms the first phase of development at Snowhill and the team has agreed to sell the adjoining nine acre residential site to Strata Homes for the creation of around 90 new homes. A reserved matters application for the residential development is scheduled for submission to Wakefield Council this month. The retail and residential schemes form part of the wider Snowhill masterplan which focuses on the long-term sustainable regeneration of the area.
Tom Gilman, Managing Director of Kier Property (North) said; “ Although this strategic site has a historic retail consent we are delighted to have secured a new planning permission to facilitate Aldi opening a new foodstore for Wakefield. We have strong interest in the remaining retail units and this scheme will attract more investment into the area and bring along with it new jobs for the locality. Construction work will start in March this year with completion in Easter 2017”
Chris Gilman of GMI Property said “ We are delighted to be working with Kier on this project and this consent is a significant milestone in delivering this important mixed use scheme. Plans for the next phase of development, which will be brought forward by Strata Homes, will be submitted in the next few weeks and these are designed to compliment the surrounding developments and make a much-needed contribution to the housing requirements of the Wakefield area.”
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