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Free parking will remain in Aldi’s plans for the former Cattle Market site

The developers of a proposed new supermarket and community car park at the former Cattle Market site in Driffield have assured residents and visitors that parking will remain free of charge, seven days a week.

The Wolds Weekly reported recently supermarket giant Aldi’s plans for a store on the derelict site, a welcome development after planning applications dating back as far as 2008 came to nothing.

The German chain is promising a multi-million-pound investment in Driffield, creating up to 40 full-time jobs and employment during the construction phase and in the local supply chain.

Running alongside the plans for the supermarket plans, Gatsby Group is to submit a separate planning application for a new council-owned community car park, replacing the existing Eastgate provision.

Aldi Stores Ltd and Gatsby Group recognise the importance of parking in Driffield town centre

Aldi spokesperson

The Aldi car park will provide 121 spaces and the community car park an additional 105.

This means an additional 98 spaces available for residents and visitors compared to the current provision.

However, when the plans were revealed, concerns were raised as to whether the parking would be free of charge, as is currently the case in the East Riding of Yorkshire-council run Eastgate car park.

But there is good news for those who will use the car parking facilities whilst shopping and visiting the town after Aldi confirmed that it and Gatsby Group have made the decision to make the parking feeless, with the only limitation being a maximum stay of an hour-and-a-half in the supermarket car park.

“Aldi Stores Ltd and Gatsby Group recognise the importance of parking in Driffield town centre,” said a spokesperson.

“As part of the proposals, Aldi will provide free parking within the store’s car park for up to 90 minutes and the council-owned new car park will have free parking all day every day.”

Whilst pleased with the news regarding the proposed retention of free parking on Eastgate, Driffield Town Council is seeking assurance that spaces for coaches also remain in the car park.

“Driffield Town Council is relieved to hear the assurances from Aldi that the car park referred to as ‘community parking’ will be free, however, I think we will be happier when we receive cast iron assurances from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council,” said Claire Binnington, Driffield town clerk.

“In addition we would like to see the coach parking included.

“We currently have two coach spaces in the Eastgate car park, which are well used.

“These must not be lost and should be included in the plans.”

A virtual exhibition, for residents to give their views and comments before the planning applications were submitted, closed Thursday, 4th August.

Previously, concerns had been raised about access to a supermarket on the site, whilst fears remained about the loss of free car parking provision, an issue that now appears to have been dispelled.

The former Cattle Market site has been disused since the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak and was bought by Gatsby in 2018.

Later that year, the site was cleared, however, no further development has taken place since and no planning application sought since the ones in 2008 and 2014, with the latter withdrawn in 2017.

In 2020, East Riding of Yorkshire Council agreed for the land at Eastgate car park to be declared as surplus to the requirements of the council.

The land exchange was put through to allow the former Cattle Market site to be developed on the basis that in return for the sale of the council land, a replacement car park accessed off Exchange Street would be provided and transferred to the council.

Gatsby is believed to have purchased the building that was formerly home to Wooden House, which would provide access to the site.

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