Delayed building work on a large supermarket in south Leeds is planned to start more than three years after it was first proposed to begin.
Since Asda overcame rival Tesco to win planning approval for a 36,000 sq ft store, near Middleton District Shopping Centre off Ring Road, Middleton, in February 2010, the project has been beset with delays.
The relocation of Brandon Medical, a firm located on land earmarked by Asda, gaining legal permission to move an access road to a waste disposal site and, most recently, amending plans to change the site’s layout have set back the build.
Planners have once again given Asda the go-ahead and work is now expected to start on the site in April 2013.
Welcoming the news on behalf of all three of the Middleton Park councillors, Coun Judith Blake (Lab, Middleton Park) said: “We need to make sure we do everything we can to support other traders in the area for people to do their shopping and stay in the community.”
The build is expected to create around 375 new jobs in the area and the firm is looking to work with Jobcentre Plus and other agencies to help local people gain employment.
The new store will feature around 330 car parking spaces and a petrol filling station.
Dot Mounteney, chair of Middleton Community Group, said: “People in Middleton need this low-cost option. I’m hoping they will start but you can never tell, can you?”
Tesco originally submitted a rival planning application for a store on nearby land on the site of Benyon House, on Middleton Ring Road, but it was rejected in favour of Asda’s plan.
Asda’s slow moving development, which had a target opening date of November 2011, led to Tesco resubmitting a planning application last year.
An Asda spokesman said: “We are delighted to announce our plans to start work on our new store development in Middleton next year.
“Our plans for a new store represent a significant investment in this part of south Leeds and will help to regenerate a partially disused site.”