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Decision date looming for new bid by Tesco
A bid to renew planning permission for a much-opposed Tesco supermarket in Ilkley could be decided in a fortnight.
The supermarket chain’s applications to renew permission for a bigger new store off Mayfield Road and Railway Road – and redevelop the site of the currrent Springs Lane store – may go before a Bradford Council committee on October 17, it has been confirmed.
Bradford Council planning officers are said to be in the final stages of assessing the applications, which have so far attracted more than 100 objections from Ilkley residents.
The consent granted by a Government planning inspector in 2010 was due to expire last month, with some planning conditions yet to be approved by the council.
Another condition of the original permission was discharged by Bradford Council planners this week.
But a condition relating to drainage on the proposed new store site was still pending a council decision yesterday. Tesco, which sent a contractor in to do work on the site in August, recently said it had discharged all conditions associated with the original planning consent and had had legal advice to this effect.
The company aims to open its new store, creating dozens of new jobs, in 2017 or 2018.
Bradford Council says it will inform residents who have made representations about the renewal of planning permission as soon as the agenda of the Regulatory and Appeals committee is confirmed. John Eyles, the council’s major developments manager said: “Planning officers are currently in the final stages of assessing the renewal application for the Ilkley Tesco proposals and it is anticipated the application will be placed on the agenda for the meeting of the council’s regulatory and appeals committee scheduled for October 17.
“As soon as this is confirmed the council will notify local residents who have made representations about the renewal application and they will be fully advised about the details of the meeting.”
A handful of residents have also written to Bradford Council in support of the planning application.
They say the current store does not serve the needs of the town and a new store would provide employment and improve the redundant site, which was formerly occupied by the old Spooner Industries factory.
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