Councillors will meet today to decide the fate of the proposed Blakeridge Mills development.
Binks Developments Limited’s planning application for a supermarket, petrol station and 181 apartments on the 10.75 acre site will be considered at this afternoon’s meeting of the Heavy Woollen planning sub-committee at Dewsbury Town Hall.
The application, submitted in February, could transform the derelict Blakeridge Mills building, in Blakeridge Lane, into luxury apartments as well as installing a swimming pool and gym.
If approved, the regeneration could create a number of new jobs in construction as well as in the supermarket.
However, Kirklees Council planning officers are set to recommend that the application be refused.
In a report, officers acknowledged the benefits of job creation and investment in Batley that a new supermarket would bring.
However, it said opening a new supermarket at the Blakeridge Mills site would see Tesco Extra, in Bradford Road, lose a third of its trade, and would reduce the number of shoppers visiting the town centre.”
It said the impact of the proposed development on the vitality and viability of the town centre would be ‘significantly adverse’ and outweighed the harm to the Blakeridge Mills site caused by refusing permission for the development.
Richard Binks, owner of the complex, said the scheme would invest in Batley while preserving the mills’ history.
He said: “If we want to save these mills it’s the only way because we can’t go on any further now.”