West Hall Hill – Newmarket Site
Cold Store Construction
Construction commenced on this immense project in May 2014 and the builders claim it is on schedule and will commence with the introduction of cold on 1st April 2015. Their web site update advises that the site will employ 150 staff and will operate on a 24 hour basis.
The proposed site between Methley and Stanley was the subject of a brave and organised fight by the local residents who were overcome after Wakefield Planning Dept referred the matter to the Communities Department under Eric Pickles, MP. This was a dual application for the placement of a modern sports complex on behalf of Wakefield Wildcats RLFC along with associated warehousing based around the junction 30 of the M62.
The Yorkshire Evening Post in September 2013 reported that Leeds councillors had criticised the ill thought-out and unsuitable wider plans, which they feared would harm the green belt between the cities. David Nagle (Lab, Rothwell), said he would like to support any scheme bringing jobs to the area but he shared residents concerns about the impact on the green belt and traffic. He claimed the green belt is under constant threat and must be protected. No scheme, in his opinion, should go ahead over the legitimate objections of local residents, who are very concerned about the green belt and traffic.
Objections included approval of the height of the cold store at 42metres which is 138 feet considerably higher than any nearby construction and well above the height of the upper tree line.
We since learn that the proposed objective of Wakefield Wildcats to re-locate to this site is not now going to take place. The cynical among us may be excused for thinking that the rugby proposal was a contrivance in order to shoehorn the bigger warehouse proposal through.