31 March 2011

A supermarket giant has announced plans to build flats, houses and a new store on a derelict mill site in Leeds.

The proposals for the site at Stonebridge Mills in Farnley include 30 flats within retained mill buildings and 16 affordable family

A two-day public exhibition is being held at West Leeds City Learning Centre in Wortley to allow residents to view the plans.

Tesco representatives are attending the event on April 18 and 19, between 2pm and 7pm.

Deborah Hayeems, Tesco corporate affairs manager, said: "We are very excited about our proposals for Stonebridge Mills which would create hundreds of local jobs, bring our great value supermarket shopping and new affordable homes to the area, and secure the long-term future of an important historical site."

The chain has also been battling rivals Asda over planning permission for a site close to Middleton District Shopping Centre.

A new store would create 350 new jobs - and despite Leeds City Council granting planning permission to Asda, Tesco resubmitted their application last October after claiming Asda had failed to meet agreed commitments.

Stonebridge Mills was built at the start of the 19th century and operated as a woollen mill.

At the consultation event, Tesco will also be seeking ideas from local people about how they could record the site's history. Mrs Hayeems added: "Stonebridge Mills was once the heart of the local community, and our proposals would regenerate the mill complex and provide a significant boost to the local economy.

"At our consultation event we want to hear the views of people living in the area to make sure we can put together the best possible scheme."

Tesco has confirmed that a planning application will be submitted to Leeds City Council once the consultation process has finished.

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