PLANS for a £12m new supermarket on the site of a former drinks factory in Featherstone have given the green light.
Outline planning permission has been granted for a proposed new store on the cleared site of the old Crystal Drinks factory on Wakefield Road.
The new store scheme could create up to 140 new full-time jobs.
Wakefield Council’s Planning and Highways Committee heard from Stephen Morgan-Hyland of agents Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners.
Speaking on behalf of scheme applicants Longstone Alliance, Mr Morgan-Hyland, said: “In these times of economic difficulty, having the opportunity to give the green light for a multi-million pound investment is an exciting prospect.
“This will create 200 jobs – 70 part-time jobs during construction and 140 full-time jobs locally.”
Mr Morgan-Hyland added: “The project is in advanced discussions with food store operators to bring one of the leading UK food operators to Featherstone to meet shopping demands.”
Crystal Springs was closed after going into administration in 2003. The old factory was later demolished and the site cleared.
In February 2011 German discount store Lidl opened a branch in Featherstone at the junction of Girnhill Lane and Wakefield Road.
Featherstone councillor Graham Isherwood voiced his support at the planning meeting for a new supermarket on the Crystal Drinks site.