A WILDFLOWER meadow could be created as part of a new supermarket and retail development in Keighley.

The meadow, and a landscaped area, is proposed for a section of the site earmarked for the new Aldi store, drive-thru and retail units.

Originally the plot currently occupied by derelict buildings including the former Cricketers Arms, which are to be demolished, was set to provide a 22-space staff car park for the Aldi supermarket.

But now the company has applied to Bradford Council to scrap the staff car park proposal, and instead create the wildflower meadow and landscaped area.

Aldi says the whole site will already have parking for 244 cars, and so the staff car park off Coney Lane would not be needed.

"A lack of surveillance would create potential for the staff car park being used for anti-social behaviour," said a spokesperson.

"The proposed landscaping would create a high standard of amenity."

A decision on the amended plan is expected in December.

Aldi is planning to build a new, bigger store on the long-vacant Alexandra Mills site to replace its current supermarket in adjacent Gresley Road.

The multi-million-pound development will also include a Tim Hortons drive-thru and smaller shop units.