It's D-Day on Shipley's three-way supermarket battle

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A decision in the three-way battle to build a supermarket in Shipley is due to be made by a Bradford Council committee today.

After visits to the three sites earmarked for development, the council’s Regulatory and Appeals committee will conclude a two-day planning meeting by choosing between proposals from developers GMI, Morrisons, and Shipley shopfitting firm Cardinals.

All applicants gave presentations to the committee at Shipley Library yesterday, which also heard contributions from councillors and the public.

Presenting its proposal, which involves the construction of a new supermarket on the company’s Airedale Mills site, Tim Considine, joint managing director of Cardinals, asked the committee to consider the 500 jobs that would be retained and created in Shipley by the scheme.

The council has recommended the development be refused, but Mr Considine said securing the long-term future of a Shipley business should be more important.

GMI, which wants to build a supermarket, cafe, petrol station and rail maintenance depot on the Otley Road site occupied by scrap metal recycling firm, Crossley Evans Ltd, said its proposal would “transform Shipley and have a positive impact on the town and its visitors.”

Managing director Chris Gilman added that the GMI ‘Shipley Link’ scheme, recommended for approval by a Council report, represented the only site on the edge of the town centre that could compete with Shipley’s Asda supermarket.

Speaking in objection to the scheme, Matthew Evans, Manager of Crossley Evans, said relocating the recycling company would cost “millions” and that alternative sites, in particular those with an operational railhead, were not available locally.

The committee heard from Councillor Martin Love (Green Party, Shipley) who said he had never received so many representations on a planning application.

The third proposal, by Morrisons with Skipton Properties, would see a supermarket, petrol station, business units and 100 houses on Shipley’s Crag Road. Bradford Council has recommended the scheme be refused, based on issues such as a failure of the sequential test, a negative impact on the Saltaire World Heritage Site, unacceptable design issues and a failure to provide affordable housing.

Councillor Vanda Greenwood (Lab, Windhill and Wrose) said the scheme would be a massive benefit to people in her ward.

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8:01am Fri 20 Dec 13

thatsnotmyname says...

Be glad when this is over, im sick of hearing about it.
Be glad when this is over, im sick of hearing about it. thatsnotmyname

8:40am Fri 20 Dec 13

Madam meow says...

I just hope that Crossley,s retain the land as we don`t want another supermarket and why have to pack up your business when you`ve been there umpteen years. We will soon know if it`s a brown envelope job, also who want`s to live on contaminated land by the smelly beck.
I just hope that Crossley,s retain the land as we don`t want another supermarket and why have to pack up your business when you`ve been there umpteen years. We will soon know if it`s a brown envelope job, also who want`s to live on contaminated land by the smelly beck. Madam meow

8:49am Fri 20 Dec 13

Storck says...

No matter what decision is made this will not be the end.

Appeal after appeal will happen.

The council should just allow all three to go ahead and let the market sort it out which will mean only 1 will get built, probably Morrisons as it is the only one with an actual supermarket signed up to it.
No matter what decision is made this will not be the end. Appeal after appeal will happen. The council should just allow all three to go ahead and let the market sort it out which will mean only 1 will get built, probably Morrisons as it is the only one with an actual supermarket signed up to it. Storck

8:50am Fri 20 Dec 13

Joedavid says...

Can you explain T&A why it should be only one Supermarket that is to get permission?
Can you explain T&A why it should be only one Supermarket that is to get permission? Joedavid

9:55am Fri 20 Dec 13

phil66 says...

Good luck Cardinal
Good luck Cardinal phil66

10:05am Fri 20 Dec 13

Albion. says...

Madam meow wrote:
I just hope that Crossley,s retain the land as we don`t want another supermarket and why have to pack up your business when you`ve been there umpteen years. We will soon know if it`s a brown envelope job, also who want`s to live on contaminated land by the smelly beck.
I agree and would favour both of the other two sites over Crossley's. The problem seems to be that the landlord has ALREADY given them notice to quit! Do BR know the outcome of this planning meeting before it takes place?
[quote][p][bold]Madam meow[/bold] wrote: I just hope that Crossley,s retain the land as we don`t want another supermarket and why have to pack up your business when you`ve been there umpteen years. We will soon know if it`s a brown envelope job, also who want`s to live on contaminated land by the smelly beck.[/p][/quote]I agree and would favour both of the other two sites over Crossley's. The problem seems to be that the landlord has ALREADY given them notice to quit! Do BR know the outcome of this planning meeting before it takes place? Albion.

3:24pm Fri 20 Dec 13

MontyLeMar says...

Albion. wrote:
Madam meow wrote:
I just hope that Crossley,s retain the land as we don`t want another supermarket and why have to pack up your business when you`ve been there umpteen years. We will soon know if it`s a brown envelope job, also who want`s to live on contaminated land by the smelly beck.
I agree and would favour both of the other two sites over Crossley's. The problem seems to be that the landlord has ALREADY given them notice to quit! Do BR know the outcome of this planning meeting before it takes place?
My thoughts exactly! The phrase "stitch up" springs to mind.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Madam meow[/bold] wrote: I just hope that Crossley,s retain the land as we don`t want another supermarket and why have to pack up your business when you`ve been there umpteen years. We will soon know if it`s a brown envelope job, also who want`s to live on contaminated land by the smelly beck.[/p][/quote]I agree and would favour both of the other two sites over Crossley's. The problem seems to be that the landlord has ALREADY given them notice to quit! Do BR know the outcome of this planning meeting before it takes place?[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly! The phrase "stitch up" springs to mind. MontyLeMar

3:47pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Albion. says...

The poll looks pretty conclusive, not that it'll make any difference.
The poll looks pretty conclusive, not that it'll make any difference. Albion.

3:51pm Fri 20 Dec 13

onedtent says...

Why are we not being told who the supermarket groups are behind the Cardinal and the Otley Road proposals? Developers do not buy land, build a supermarket, then look for a tenant. When the existing jobs at Crossley Evans have gone and the land is cleared, work will probably stop, then Shipley will have a big hole in the middle, just like Bradford. Bradford's planners have an IQ of 100, the trouble is, that is the total, not the average.
Why are we not being told who the supermarket groups are behind the Cardinal and the Otley Road proposals? Developers do not buy land, build a supermarket, then look for a tenant. When the existing jobs at Crossley Evans have gone and the land is cleared, work will probably stop, then Shipley will have a big hole in the middle, just like Bradford. Bradford's planners have an IQ of 100, the trouble is, that is the total, not the average. onedtent

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