Fresh plans are to be submitted in the next few weeks to build a supermarket on the site of one of Driffield’s most notorious eyesores.
A specialist planning consultancy told the Driffield Times and Post that the application to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council will propose a major new foodstore on the eastern part of the Driffield Cattle Market site, off Eastgate South.
And, although a potential occupant has not yet been revealed, it is likely to be one of the “Big Four” retailers - Tesco, ASDA, Morrisons or Sainsbury.
Planning permission for the redevelopment of the cattle market site and surrounding land was granted in 2010 for a foodstore, a parade of small retail units, 32 residential flats, 14 terraced houses and a community cinema.
Since that time, the former Cattle Market has been branded as one of the top 10 eyesores in Drifield by the town council whose members claimed previously that it had also become a haven for drug abuse and teen drinkers.
The latest planning application to revitalise the site application is for a supermarket only.
Mr David Prichard, of Marrons Planning, said: “Planning permission for the redevelopment of the cattle market site was first granted in 2010 but, as a consequence, of various factors, including the downturn in the economy, it was not possible to bring that scheme forward and complete the development.
“The new application will propose a major new foodstore, similar to that previously permitted on the eastern prt of the site, with parking between the store and the rear of properties on Market place, with pedestrian access being provided from Market Place into the site as previously proposed.”
Marrons are acting as planning consultants for the Driffield Cattle Market Company Limited.
Mr Prichard added: “The new application will bring forward proposals for a major new foodstore within Driffield town centre that will significantly extend and enhance food shopping facilities within the town to the benefit of the local community, secure the regeneration of a long vacant site, as well as providing a large number of new job opportunities - the major of which are expected to be filled by local people.”
He said that the aim was to deliver a scheme that was deliverable.
The residential and retail units had not been included in the latest scheme because the world had changed since the recession and there was now no call for the retail elements of the 2010 scheme - and on the earlier plans, much of the housing was apartments above the proposed retail units.
The potential development was raised during a Driffield town council meeting on Tuesday when members were advised not to discuss the matter in detail for fear of falling foul of regulations which prevent predetermination of planning applications.
Consultants have been in close contact with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, which has identified the cattle market as an area suitable for retail development in a blueprint plan for the future of Driffield.
Coun Symon Fraser, who represents Driffield and Rural on ERYC, said he would be very interested to find out more detail about the scheme.
“I have not talked to anyone who does not want that site brought back into good use,” he said, adding that if someone brought forward plans that were deliverable then he hoped he would be able to support them.
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