Tesco and Aldi plans hit by new legal delay in Driffield

WORK on long-awaited new supermarket developments in Driffield is set to face yet more delays – with the issues now likely to be played out in court.

A judicial review is being sought on the decision to approve plans for an expanded Tesco store on the existing George Street site and is set to be heard early in the New Year.

But political and civic leaders in the town have again voiced their frustrations over the continuing stand-off and urged developers to get on with delivering their proposals.

The latest legal arguments are related to the decision of East Riding of Yorkshire Council's planning committee to back the proposed larger Tesco store in March 2008.

A council spokesman said they had not been made aware of a set date for a hearing.

But the Driffield Times has learned the case is due to be heard at the Leeds Administrative Court over four days from January 18.

The application, against the decision on the Tesco scheme, has been lodged by the Driffield Cattle Market Company, which has had its development plans, including a supermarket, backed by the authority and central government.

East Riding council is the defendant in the action, while Tesco is listed as an interested party in the case.

Also named in that category, however, is Aldi, the supermarket chain involved in plans for the Viking Centre site which have also been approved by the council – meaning that each of the three major developments envisaged for the town may face many more months of delays.

Driffield Mayor Coun Steve Poessl said he believed the latest action was down to East Riding council not making a final decision on the plans.

Branding the cattle market as an "eyesore" and the state of the Viking Centre site as a "disgrace", he added: "We have got people there who are willing to develop it and we're just getting absolutely nowhere. It's not good for the town."

But East Riding ward councillor Symon Fraser said all three schemes had been supported by both the town's ward members and the authority's planning committee.

He added: "We are deeply disappointed in the continuing wranglings that seem to be going on and the delays in bringing these important facilities to Driffield."

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