Wholesaler’s new West Yorkshire hub set for approval

Wholesaler’s new West Yorkshire hub set for approval

Plans to redevelop a former West Yorkshire colliery site to create a new hub for wholesaler Kitwave are recommended for approval when they go before councillors later this week (21 February 2019).

Yorkcourt (2008) submitted plans to Wakefield Council last year for a parcel of land which formed part of the Newmarket/ Newmarket Silkstone Colliery.

Planning permission is sought for the remodelling of land to form a development platform, and the construction of a new warehouse for Kitwave.

The proposed warehouse would measure about 67,300 sq ft and would employ 130 full- and part-time staff. A service yard, 80-space car park and 24-space lorry park are also proposed.

The application will go before the council's planning committee on 21 February and is recommended for approval, subject to conditions, in a report from the planning officer.

Outline planning permission was previously granted for a mixed-used development on the wider site in 2012, including a new community stadium.

The planning officer's report said that it is "not considered that a failure to make any provision for the delivery of the Community Stadium as part of this stand-alone application provides a legitimate basis to refuse planning permission".

Wholesaler Kitwave agreed a deal for its new Wakefield hub in July 2018, following on from its acquisition of wholesaler HB Clark in 2016.