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D-day is looming in battle to build new supermarket at Shipley
D-Day is looming in a store wars battle, with less than a month to go before two Shipley supermarket plans are decided.
On Monday, September 23, a special Bradford Council planning meeting will be held at Shipley Town Hall where both superstore applications for the town will be discussed.
One of the proposals is to demolish buildings on the Cardinal Shopfitting site at Ives Street, Shipley. The family firm wants to relocate to more modern premises in the area to reduce costs.
The other planning application lodged with Bradford Council is for a superstore on the Crossley Evans metal and recycling site on Otley Road, at the other side of the town. The recycling business rents the land from Network Rail and DB Schener Rail (UK), but under its contract it can be forced to leave with six months’ notice.
If the plan for a superstore gets the go-ahead there, the family-run business, which has been in the town for 100 years, will be homeless.
Boss Matthew Evans has been fighting the application and says there is not another suitable and economically viable site nearby for it to relocate to.
Cardinal’s joint managing director Tim Considine said he hoped common sense would prevail at the meeting and both businesses could be protected.
He said winning planning permission at the St Ives site, rather than Crossley Evans, would benefit both firms.
“It’s going to help protect jobs and also, from Crossley Evans’s point of view, it’s going to help jobs if it doesn’t go there,” he said. “It’s really about protecting our overhead the best way we can. If it were to go to the Crossley Evans’s site, there’s a decision to be made about how we would manage the business going forward.”
Mr Evans added: “There’s no way to not [listen to] the public feeling on the situation and also come up with a valid decision about the planning application.”
An online petition by the company against the planning application has received more than 800 signatures.
“We’ve been absolutely blown away by the amount of support we’ve had from local people in Shipley and around,” he said.
The managing director of GMI Developments, the company behind the Crossley Evans application, said: “We are confident that our site presents the best option for a new supermarket at Shipley, as has been made clear by Bradford Council’s own advisors.
“If approved the scheme will deliver over 350 jobs, regenerate a gateway location in the town, provide Shipley train station with improved pedestrian and cycling access, 50 new car parking spaces and additional taxi parking and unlock over £500,000 of local road improvements.”
A spokesman for Cardinal and its application’s developer, Commercial Development Projects, said: “We hope that the committee will agree with our view that the safeguarding of two long- standing Shipley businesses and around 200 jobs is, on balance, more important than an element of retail planning policy and the fact that we are 110m further from the town centre.
“In addition to safeguarding both the Cardinal and Crossley Evans businesses over 250 jobs will be created at the new supermarket.”
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