‘Nothing secretive’ about planner meeting, says councillor

Vivien Lees-Hamilton. (d310a337)
Vivien Lees-Hamilton. (d310a337)

Nothing “secretive” or “underhand” is afoot following reports of an upcoming meeting with planners, a Mirfield councillor has said.

Speculation about whether the supermarket Lidl has planned to expand in the town with a purpose-built Station Road store surfaced after it was discovered Mirfield Town Councillors will meet with developers on Tuesday.

It has led to some traders in the town expressing dismay about the prospect of the supermarket branching out more and affecting their custom.

Coun Vivien Lees-Hamilton (Con) says that information about the meeting will be available soon, but that it being conducted in private is part of a normal process.

“It’s a briefing session for councillors and shortly there will be a public consultation. It’s normal for any large developer to meet with councillors first and give us an idea of what they are trying to do.

“There is nothing underhand going on – they are following protocol.”

No more information about the planners or what they might be proposing could be revealed, said the councillor.