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Council mulls roundabout investment to save Lidl plans

Fears developers could pull out of scheme if council doesn't act over contentious junction.

Council mulls roundabout investment to save Lidl plans

Councillors are set to consider whether to allocate district funds towards a major road junction upgrade on Bawtry Road, The Selebian can reveal.

Members of Selby District Council’s ruling cabinet committee are being urged to contribute public money to help pay for the construction of a new roundabout where Bawtry Road meets planned employment land at Staynor Hall and the existing Selby Business Park.

Revisions to the road layout would help facilitate the development of a mixed leisure and retail project and in turn support employment growth in the town, according to a report to the committee by Phil Crabtree, the council’s interim head of planning.

The proposal comes after highway safety concerns were raised during two planning applications to develop land between Bawtry Road and the bypass.

The first, involving a KFC, Lidl supermarket and Marston public house was withdrawn in 2015. A later application, retaining the supermarket and pub but without mention of fried chicken is still awaiting a decision according to the council’s website.

The roundabout is expected to cost between £500,000 and £600,000. A further £150,000 could be added to the bill if a nearby water main has to be diverted.

Landowners, the Webster Trust, would pick up the lion’s share of the bill, thought to be around £463,000.

Additionally, it is proposed that £51,000 of the money would come from the council in the form of contributions it received from developers in 2005 as part of the original Staynor Hall permission.

A further £200,000 would be earmarked from (yet to be confirmed) Community Infrastructure Levy funds charged by the authority on subsequent planning applications.

The matter will be discussed when the council’s executive committee meets at 4pm on Thursday, 3rd August.

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First published at 14:23 on Thursday, July 27th, 2017.