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‘Redevelop Tesco bid site for homes’
A ward councillor is calling for older issues raised by objectors to be considered once more when Tesco’s latest bid to build a new Ilkley store goes before a Bradford Council committee.
Councillor Martin Smith (Con, Ilkley) says market and trading styles have changed since a Government inspector granted planning permission for the store on appeal in 2010.
And he says the land earmarked for the new supermarket, off Railway Road and Mayfield Road, would be better developed as affordable homes and car parking.
Tesco’s application to renew planning permission for the new store – as well as for the redevelopment of the site of the existing store on Springs Lane – will go before Bradford Council’s Regulatory and Appeals Committee next Thursday.
Coun Smith fears planning officers may recommend the plans for approval, despite strong concerns across the town, and changing circumstances in shopping trends, including more stores opening in Wharfedale.
He said: “I do hope we can raise the previous issues again, especially now their stated wish on national TV of their big stores, which were to sell white goods, now being revamped into cafes, restaurants and activity centres, when we have all these in abundance.
He added Tesco had stated that large stores were now not needed and they were building smaller stores.
Tesco’s original planning permission for both developments was due to expire last month, with planning conditions yet to be signed off by Bradford Council – although Tesco says it has complied with all the conditions.
Coun Smith asked why Bradford Council had continued considering the items requiring further details after the application had run out of time.
And he claimed it was Tesco’s intention to ‘over-shop’ the area, offering discounts to in draw shoppers.
In a statement last week, Tesco said it had now discharged the necessary planning conditions, including one affecting drainage.
“We’ve completed some initial work on the site to stabilise the ground but we don’t expect to start more significant works on site until closer to the store’s planned opening in 2017/18,” said the chain.
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