Shipley recycling firm hits back in store wars with £6m plan for 200 jobs

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: A computer-generated image of how the new processing plant would look A computer-generated image of how the new processing plant would look

A ‘store wars’ battle has hotted up as a recycling company, which could lose its home of a century to a supermarket, has revealed its own £6 million investment in renewable fuel plan which could create 200 jobs.

The boss of recycling firm Crossley Evans wants to introduce new technology at its site in Shipley which would be capable of supplying 10,000 tonnes of wood pellets per month to power stations by rail.

He hopes his plans will thwart rival proposals to build a supermarket on the site his company has leased for 100 years.

“This is crucial to the future of the company and significant to the future of Shipley, and in particular levels of employment in Shipley,” said Matthew Evans.

“Everybody here is excited, inevitably what a lot of the staff here understand is more of the less-sophisticated side of recycling. As a recycler, we’re more sophisticated than most, but this is taking it to quite a high technical level.

“The people we’ve spoken to so far are excited about it, and also about being a forward-thinking business.”

Mr Evans said his company has been working on its biomass diversity plan for about two years and has had informal talks with representatives of a Yorkshire-power company.

Crossley Evans already supplies 50 tonnes of wood a month to a biomass firm which turns it into wood pellets and supplies power stations.

The aim is to collect wood from sites across the district, which would go through five processing stages in a new building, to be turned into wood pellets suitable for burning to produce energy. Those pellets would be taken by rail, four days a week, to a power station .

If Bradford Council approves Crossley Evans’ plans, the hope is to expand within six to 18 months.

The firm is also looking at supplying local homes or new developments – which could push the level of investment to £10 million – creating 200 jobs over three years.

Mr Evans said: “We’d consider supplying locally. There’s schemes where biomass is used to supply large scale municipal schemes and we would be looking to do that. One of our main intentions is to make sure we’re part of the local economy,” Mr Evans said.

But the Otley Road site, which includes a railhead, is subject to another planning application. Land owner Network Rail and DB Schenker Rail (UK), with GMI Developments, has applied to build a supermarket, cafe, petrol station, business units and rail maintenance depot on the land.

If that plan is approved, Network Rail would give notice to Crossley Evans to move from its home. However, Mr Evans remains optimistic that he can secure tenure of the site.

“This is a plan that we’ve had for two years, but we put it on hold when we were informed of the landlord’s desire to use the land for other uses,” Mr Evans said.

He said the company’s plans for expansion were relevant to the Council when making any decision and so re-visited the project three months ago and has now submitted a planning application.

“It’s a key element in our expansion and support of businesses within the Aire Valley and West Yorkshire,” he said.

“Not only will we be able to provide a source of recycling in whatever form companies need, but we’re going as far as showing that recycling is supplying power into the national grid.”

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “We lease the land at Otley Road to DB Shenker which is in commercial negotiations with GMI Development regarding development of the site.

“We are not aware of any plans by the current tenant, Crossley Evans, to expand its business; however as a consultee of any planning applications concerning the land we will consider any further applications for the site when they are submitted.”

  • Biomass usually comes from plants or trees and is classed as the fourth energy source after oil, coal and gas.
  • It is low in carbon, renewable and sustainable.
  • It is estimated that one fifth of global energy could be provided by biomass, without damaging the production of food or use of land.
  • Biomass absorbs carbon dioxide as it grows and releases that back into the atmosphere when it is burned, as opposed to burning coal which releases CO2 which has been trapped underground for years – meaning biomass is better for the environment.

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7:13am Fri 6 Dec 13

Albion. says...

I hope Crossleys are successful, the other two proposed supermarket sites are much more suitable for redevelopment.
I hope Crossleys are successful, the other two proposed supermarket sites are much more suitable for redevelopment. Albion.
  • Score: 26

7:30am Fri 6 Dec 13

Johsay says...

The one at Shipley is ideal, move Carnegie and get the road sorted there.
The one at Shipley is ideal, move Carnegie and get the road sorted there. Johsay
  • Score: 14

7:58am Fri 6 Dec 13

thatsnotmyname says...

Not sure I want more and more industrial works in my town.
Not sure I want more and more industrial works in my town. thatsnotmyname
  • Score: -24

8:59am Fri 6 Dec 13

Avro says...

Albion. wrote:
I hope Crossleys are successful, the other two proposed supermarket sites are much more suitable for redevelopment.
What he said..
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: I hope Crossleys are successful, the other two proposed supermarket sites are much more suitable for redevelopment.[/p][/quote]What he said.. Avro
  • Score: 9

9:30am Fri 6 Dec 13

mad matt says...

Crossleys are in a very convenient site for this development with good rail connections and sidings already in situ. I hope they are successful.
Crossleys are in a very convenient site for this development with good rail connections and sidings already in situ. I hope they are successful. mad matt
  • Score: 18

9:48am Fri 6 Dec 13

sorrow&anger says...

The Council is exclusively concerned with income. City Hall doesn't care about jobs, otherwise it would be serious about regneration. Instead it will simply will calculate which is the higher, a business rate from Crossley Evans or the council tax from an estate of houses/supermarket and proceed accordingly.
The Council is exclusively concerned with income. City Hall doesn't care about jobs, otherwise it would be serious about regneration. Instead it will simply will calculate which is the higher, a business rate from Crossley Evans or the council tax from an estate of houses/supermarket and proceed accordingly. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 10

10:42am Fri 6 Dec 13

linebacker2 says...

sorrow&anger wrote:
The Council is exclusively concerned with income. City Hall doesn't care about jobs, otherwise it would be serious about regneration. Instead it will simply will calculate which is the higher, a business rate from Crossley Evans or the council tax from an estate of houses/supermarket and proceed accordingly.
You don't what you're talking about.

Local councils collect business rates on behalf of the national Govt....
[quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: The Council is exclusively concerned with income. City Hall doesn't care about jobs, otherwise it would be serious about regneration. Instead it will simply will calculate which is the higher, a business rate from Crossley Evans or the council tax from an estate of houses/supermarket and proceed accordingly.[/p][/quote]You don't what you're talking about. Local councils collect business rates on behalf of the national Govt.... linebacker2
  • Score: -6

11:33am Fri 6 Dec 13

freespeech says...

Clutching at straws, I doubt it will create the jobs.
Clutching at straws, I doubt it will create the jobs. freespeech
  • Score: -7

11:47am Fri 6 Dec 13

allannicho says...

Far less traffic and congestion than a Supermarket.
Far less traffic and congestion than a Supermarket. allannicho
  • Score: 13

12:56pm Fri 6 Dec 13

collos25 says...

"Biomass absorbs carbon monoxide as it grows and releases that back into the atmosphere when it is burned, as opposed to burning coal which releases CO2 which has been trapped underground for years – meaning biomass is better for the environment."

Who writes this rubbish if they understood the first thing about Biomass then they would not be so eager to go to print,
"Biomass absorbs carbon monoxide as it grows and releases that back into the atmosphere when it is burned, as opposed to burning coal which releases CO2 which has been trapped underground for years – meaning biomass is better for the environment." Who writes this rubbish if they understood the first thing about Biomass then they would not be so eager to go to print, collos25
  • Score: 1

12:58pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Karl v says...

This development will likely create more jobs than have been predicted as this market sector is only just developing. I feel that the site should be left doing what it has for the last century in responding to the needs of the locality and employing local people.The report submitted by the applicants for a supermarket on this site own expert in the retail property sector says" the other sites are capable of satisfying store requirements of the leading national food store operators" so why disturb a business which is operating beautifully as it is.
This development will likely create more jobs than have been predicted as this market sector is only just developing. I feel that the site should be left doing what it has for the last century in responding to the needs of the locality and employing local people.The report submitted by the applicants for a supermarket on this site own expert in the retail property sector says" the other sites are capable of satisfying store requirements of the leading national food store operators" so why disturb a business which is operating beautifully as it is. Karl v
  • Score: 6

2:09pm Fri 6 Dec 13

bd7 helper says...

More jobs
More jobs bd7 helper
  • Score: 3

2:55pm Fri 6 Dec 13

imi-r6 says...

thatsnotmyname wrote:
Not sure I want more and more industrial works in my town.
Take a lesson in economics. Its industry that pays for the shopping.
[quote][p][bold]thatsnotmyname[/bold] wrote: Not sure I want more and more industrial works in my town.[/p][/quote]Take a lesson in economics. Its industry that pays for the shopping. imi-r6
  • Score: 7

3:03pm Fri 6 Dec 13

bunnyson says...

Let Crossley Evans stay and prosper, creating new jobs in the process. If it is necessary to have another Supermarket (Shipley already has 2) then site it away from the already congested Otley Road/Valley Road site.

Will the planners listen though, I somehow doubt it!
Let Crossley Evans stay and prosper, creating new jobs in the process. If it is necessary to have another Supermarket (Shipley already has 2) then site it away from the already congested Otley Road/Valley Road site. Will the planners listen though, I somehow doubt it! bunnyson
  • Score: 5

3:17pm Fri 6 Dec 13

spinnekop says...

Let Crossley Evans stay and grow. It is madness to move them and insanity to create more congestion at this junction.

The Bio-mass plant is a brilliant idea as is using rail to transport the product.

Oh and a quick science lesson. Bio-mass absorbs carbon di-oxide when growing, not carbon mon-oxide. Creating a locked mass of carbon di-oxide whereby you only release what you stored previously upon burning. There is no carbon mon-oxide involved and it is certainly not the reason why bio-mass is better than coal. Whoever penned that needs moving to the sports desk.
Let Crossley Evans stay and grow. It is madness to move them and insanity to create more congestion at this junction. The Bio-mass plant is a brilliant idea as is using rail to transport the product. Oh and a quick science lesson. Bio-mass absorbs carbon di-oxide when growing, not carbon mon-oxide. Creating a locked mass of carbon di-oxide whereby you only release what you stored previously upon burning. There is no carbon mon-oxide involved and it is certainly not the reason why bio-mass is better than coal. Whoever penned that needs moving to the sports desk. spinnekop
  • Score: 5

3:29pm Fri 6 Dec 13

alive and awake says...

This will inevitably go to a public inquiry, I hope so because Bradford Council are not up making a decision of such magnitude.
For anyone with more than 1 brain cell would not allow the supermarket on this site or any other around Bradford we have more than enough, and they destroy communities.
This will inevitably go to a public inquiry, I hope so because Bradford Council are not up making a decision of such magnitude. For anyone with more than 1 brain cell would not allow the supermarket on this site or any other around Bradford we have more than enough, and they destroy communities. alive and awake
  • Score: 1

3:35pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Joedavid says...

alive and awake wrote:
This will inevitably go to a public inquiry, I hope so because Bradford Council are not up making a decision of such magnitude.
For anyone with more than 1 brain cell would not allow the supermarket on this site or any other around Bradford we have more than enough, and they destroy communities.
Asda store Shipley is a mess, it needs competition.
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: This will inevitably go to a public inquiry, I hope so because Bradford Council are not up making a decision of such magnitude. For anyone with more than 1 brain cell would not allow the supermarket on this site or any other around Bradford we have more than enough, and they destroy communities.[/p][/quote]Asda store Shipley is a mess, it needs competition. Joedavid
  • Score: 4

4:07pm Fri 6 Dec 13

alive and awake says...

Joedavid wrote:
alive and awake wrote:
This will inevitably go to a public inquiry, I hope so because Bradford Council are not up making a decision of such magnitude.
For anyone with more than 1 brain cell would not allow the supermarket on this site or any other around Bradford we have more than enough, and they destroy communities.
Asda store Shipley is a mess, it needs competition.
Supermarket competition in Bradford? how many do we need, keep it serious.
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: This will inevitably go to a public inquiry, I hope so because Bradford Council are not up making a decision of such magnitude. For anyone with more than 1 brain cell would not allow the supermarket on this site or any other around Bradford we have more than enough, and they destroy communities.[/p][/quote]Asda store Shipley is a mess, it needs competition.[/p][/quote]Supermarket competition in Bradford? how many do we need, keep it serious. alive and awake
  • Score: 0

4:45pm Fri 6 Dec 13

RollandSmoke says...

I might be missing something here. Where is this biomass coming from? Is it recycled or are they growing it? "The aim is to collect wood from sites across the district" doesn't really answer the question. If it is entirely recycled fair enough.
I might be missing something here. Where is this biomass coming from? Is it recycled or are they growing it? "The aim is to collect wood from sites across the district" doesn't really answer the question. If it is entirely recycled fair enough. RollandSmoke
  • Score: -2

5:11pm Fri 6 Dec 13

MontyLeMar says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
I might be missing something here. Where is this biomass coming from? Is it recycled or are they growing it? "The aim is to collect wood from sites across the district" doesn't really answer the question. If it is entirely recycled fair enough.
A good question. How does the raw material get to Crossley Evans? Hopefully by rail because dozens of hgv's clogging up the roads will be a nightmare.
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: I might be missing something here. Where is this biomass coming from? Is it recycled or are they growing it? "The aim is to collect wood from sites across the district" doesn't really answer the question. If it is entirely recycled fair enough.[/p][/quote]A good question. How does the raw material get to Crossley Evans? Hopefully by rail because dozens of hgv's clogging up the roads will be a nightmare. MontyLeMar
  • Score: 2

5:55pm Fri 6 Dec 13

sorrow&anger says...

linebacker2 wrote:
sorrow&anger wrote:
The Council is exclusively concerned with income. City Hall doesn't care about jobs, otherwise it would be serious about regneration. Instead it will simply will calculate which is the higher, a business rate from Crossley Evans or the council tax from an estate of houses/supermarket and proceed accordingly.
You don't what you're talking about.

Local councils collect business rates on behalf of the national Govt....
You're out of date linebacker. The Government changed the system. Councils now get to keep 50% of business rate growth which is why they are so keen on concreting over places like Buck Lane. This is not about Bradford, it's about City Hall's Budget.
[quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: The Council is exclusively concerned with income. City Hall doesn't care about jobs, otherwise it would be serious about regneration. Instead it will simply will calculate which is the higher, a business rate from Crossley Evans or the council tax from an estate of houses/supermarket and proceed accordingly.[/p][/quote]You don't what you're talking about. Local councils collect business rates on behalf of the national Govt....[/p][/quote]You're out of date linebacker. The Government changed the system. Councils now get to keep 50% of business rate growth which is why they are so keen on concreting over places like Buck Lane. This is not about Bradford, it's about City Hall's Budget. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 3

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