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Councillors will support plan if KFC opening hours are cut
Plans to keep a proposed fast-food takeaway in the Aire Valley open until 1am, seven days a week, could be changed so a new retail development can go ahead.
Developers wanted permission to open the new KFC in Otley Road, Baildon, from 7am to 1am, but parish councillors questioned how many people in the village would need fried chicken at 1am. They will now only support the application if the KFC has an earlier closing time.
The takeaway is part of a proposed development at Lower Holme Mill that will also include a Wickes DIY superstore.
The company behind the proposals, Commercial Development Projects, withdrew its plans late last year following objections from Baildon Parish Council, who feared it would cause too much traffic disruption.
Yesterday the company’s director, James Marshall, met with the parish council to try and win it over before his company’s amended plans go to Bradford Council for a final decision.
For the most part he succeeded, although the question of opening hours was raised.
Councillor Lesley Brook said: “These seem very long hours. I don’t know why anyone in Baildon would need fried chicken at 1am. I don’t see why they should open until then. If you reduce the hours it opens until, for the benefit of neighbours, I don’t have any objection.”
Mr Marshall agreed to speak with the company about changing the hours.
The parish council had no objection to Wickes’ opening hours of 7am to 10pm. They were told the development would bring 60 construction jobs and 45 jobs in the two businesses. Building work would take six months, and if they get planning permission diggers could be on the derelict site as early as next month.
The existing mill building will remain on the site, although its future use has not been decided.
Councillor Marian Taylor said: “The people who live near there seem to be okay with the plans now. They want something to happen on that site – it has been empty for seven or eight years.”
But she was still worried about the traffic the shops would generate, despite a plan to add traffic lights at the entrance to the site.
“My anxiety is all the disruption it will cause for motorists while construction goes on,” she said. “I wonder how motorists will cope with even longer delays on that road.”
Mr Marshall guaranteed the parish council they would schedule roadworks to create minimum disruption along Otley Road.
The Council voted to support the development, although Bradford Council will have the final say.