Plans for a major supermarket scheme in Beverley moved a step closer to reality this week as East Riding Council formally agreed which company would develop the site.
The proposed development, on the council’s former highways depot in Grovehill Road, will include a large food store, with a petrol filling station and ancillary non-food stores.
A development agreement has now been signed with Maple Grove Developments, opening up the door for them to submit a planning application for the 4.8 hectare site, and ultimately if successful to begin building work.
It is expected that the company will submit a planning application during the summer.
Paul Bell, head of economic development at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council is pleased that the development of the
Grovehill site has moved a step closer to meet a known demand.
“We will be working with the developer to help secure a quality retail scheme that will secure new jobs in the construction and retail sectors and contribute to the wellbeing of the local economy.”
The Preston-based developer is proposing a retail scheme which will be delivered as a joint venture project with Leeds-based developer,
Chris Evenson, managing director of Maple Grove Developments, said: “After a long period of negotiation, we are delighted to have concluded the legal agreement with East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
“We are aware that Sainsbury’s has been looking to open a new store in Beverley for some time and we will now need to enter into discussions to see if a deal can be negotiated that will make them the main occupier on the development.”