New convenience store in Steeton gets go-ahead amid traffic fears (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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New convenience store in Steeton gets go-ahead amid traffic fears
10:00am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
One ward councillor has said that although he is happy Steeton would soon have a new store, it could turn Skipton Road into an even bigger traffic bottleneck than it already is. The store will create up to a dozen jobs, and a 12-space car park will be included.
Although no chain has been publicly announced as moving on site, planning agent Clive Brooks said there was an operator signed up, and that construction would start as soon as possible.
Approving the application, planning officer Alison French said: “The convenience store of this size, in the central sustainable locality proposed, would assist in addressing the retail deficiency Steeton and Eastburn currently experience.”
Councillor Andrew Mallinson (Con, Craven) has recently raised the issues of heavy traffic on the road, and has mixed feelings about a store being built on the site. He pointed out that the area will also see a housing estate of more than 200 homes off Thornhill Road completed soon, adding to the amount of traffic on the road that provides the main access to Airedale Hospital.
The developer of that estate, Redrow Homes, has vowed to build traffic lights to deal with the issue, but Coun Mallinson says their effect will not be known until the estate is completed.
On the latest approval he said: “The road is already extremely busy, and combined with the new housing estate and the fact that the emergency services use this road a lot means there are concerns this could make the road a bottleneck. The roads are already at capacity and can barely handle the traffic. We’ll have to see how things work when the new lights go in.”
But he admits that with few shops in Steeton the proposal could be beneficial for locals, adding: “There are some local shops that might suffer because of the shop – there is going to be a degree of impact on business, but I think this is a positive move forward. Hopefully it will encourage more people to walk when they go shopping.”
The approval includes a pedestrian refuge in the middle of the road to improve road safety.