Council votes on Aldi-Tesco tussle in Silsden

Coun Andrew Mallinson

Coun Andrew Mallinson

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Aire/Worth Valley Reporter

A tussle between Aldi and Tesco for the chance to open in Silsden takes a step forward on Thursday when councillors may defer deciding on an application from the massive German retail group.

Bradford Council’s Regulatory and Appeals Committee is due to decide whether Aldi can build a store on land at Habbeger House, Keighley Road, and officers have recommended approval.

But Tesco has now submitted its own application for a supermarket and petrol station opposite the proposed Aldi development.

And Silsden Councillor Andrew Mallinson has discovered that Tesco are in talks with Bradford Council over buying a 15ft strip of land that stands between their hoped-for site and any hope of permission.

“Bradford Coun-cil owns what’s often called a ‘ransom strip’ – a piece of land about 15ft wide which runs parallel to Keighley Road along the frontage of Tesco’s possible site.

“Tesco would need to buy that piece of land to get access to their site – and Bradford Council could stand to make a lot of money from that,” Coun Mallinson said. “I believe conversations are taking place between the Council’s assets people and Tesco. And my understanding is they are close to a formal legal agreement.”

Tesco has asked the Council to delay decision-making on the Aldi store and consider it in tandem with its own development, precise details of which are still being prepared.

“I’ve been a councillor for 14 years and I’ve never come across a two-sided situation like this – personally I think they could go with both,” Coun Mallinson said. But he suggested there might be problems with that solution due to another twist in the tale.

“There is existing planning permission for some 120 homes on a site off Sykes Lane and if Tesco went ahead that could provide a gateway road onto that development site,” Coun Mallinson said. “So the Tesco plan would unlock the land behind it, plus give an additional chunk of money to the council from the sale of that ransom strip. However that would add residential traffic coming out onto Keighley Road opposite where the Aldi would be if both schemes were to happen.

Belinda Gaynor, Bradford Council operation estate manager, said: “Bradford Council is discussing the possible sale of a strip of land that could form an access to a new supermarket and open up a residential development area.”

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8:12am Tue 11 Mar 14

Joedavid says...

Tesco one sounds the best and money from the land sale should be used in Silsden.
Why choose one or the other though competition would be good in keeping prices down.
Tesco one sounds the best and money from the land sale should be used in Silsden. Why choose one or the other though competition would be good in keeping prices down. Joedavid
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10:56am Tue 11 Mar 14

Albion. says...

Joedavid wrote:
Tesco one sounds the best and money from the land sale should be used in Silsden.
Why choose one or the other though competition would be good in keeping prices down.
Fully agree!
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: Tesco one sounds the best and money from the land sale should be used in Silsden. Why choose one or the other though competition would be good in keeping prices down.[/p][/quote]Fully agree! Albion.
  • Score: 1

6:26pm Tue 11 Mar 14

alive and awake says...

You go to Aldi and buy something that takes your fancy, you go to Tescos and buy what they want you to have.
You go to Aldi and buy something that takes your fancy, you go to Tescos and buy what they want you to have. alive and awake
  • Score: -1

6:39pm Tue 11 Mar 14

keep the faith ✊ says...

ALDI all day long... I was a regular shopper at tesco but now shop at ALDI. & I spend £40-£45 compared to £70-£75 at tesco 👍
ALDI all day long... I was a regular shopper at tesco but now shop at ALDI. & I spend £40-£45 compared to £70-£75 at tesco 👍 keep the faith ✊
  • Score: -2

12:45pm Wed 12 Mar 14

pjl20 says...

What will be the impact of any remaining independent retailers by this move?

What are the real benefits to the people living in Silsden.

Big superstore groups now dominate retailing through out the country. They are now in the process of 'gap-filling' in the few remaining areas where they do not have coverage.

Over in Ilkley a 5,000+ signature petition has not halted Tesco from getting planning permission for a new superstore to replace the one off Springs Lane.

Decisions as important as this must be subject to a local referendum, as required under the Localism Act.

My advice to the residents of Silsden. Wake up to your rights and apply them.

Do not rely on your local council. They are powerless in the face of the Planning Inspector down in Whitehall. Ilkley has already been through all of this.
What will be the impact of any remaining independent retailers by this move? What are the real benefits to the people living in Silsden. Big superstore groups now dominate retailing through out the country. They are now in the process of 'gap-filling' in the few remaining areas where they do not have coverage. Over in Ilkley a 5,000+ signature petition has not halted Tesco from getting planning permission for a new superstore to replace the one off Springs Lane. Decisions as important as this must be subject to a local referendum, as required under the Localism Act. My advice to the residents of Silsden. Wake up to your rights and apply them. Do not rely on your local council. They are powerless in the face of the Planning Inspector down in Whitehall. Ilkley has already been through all of this. pjl20
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12:49pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Joedavid says...

pjl20 wrote:
What will be the impact of any remaining independent retailers by this move?

What are the real benefits to the people living in Silsden.

Big superstore groups now dominate retailing through out the country. They are now in the process of 'gap-filling' in the few remaining areas where they do not have coverage.

Over in Ilkley a 5,000+ signature petition has not halted Tesco from getting planning permission for a new superstore to replace the one off Springs Lane.

Decisions as important as this must be subject to a local referendum, as required under the Localism Act.

My advice to the residents of Silsden. Wake up to your rights and apply them.

Do not rely on your local council. They are powerless in the face of the Planning Inspector down in Whitehall. Ilkley has already been through all of this.
Thousands sign and object to Supermarkets opening and then as you say they still get built and opened but then the supermarkets are filled with people buying from them.
Who are these customers?
[quote][p][bold]pjl20[/bold] wrote: What will be the impact of any remaining independent retailers by this move? What are the real benefits to the people living in Silsden. Big superstore groups now dominate retailing through out the country. They are now in the process of 'gap-filling' in the few remaining areas where they do not have coverage. Over in Ilkley a 5,000+ signature petition has not halted Tesco from getting planning permission for a new superstore to replace the one off Springs Lane. Decisions as important as this must be subject to a local referendum, as required under the Localism Act. My advice to the residents of Silsden. Wake up to your rights and apply them. Do not rely on your local council. They are powerless in the face of the Planning Inspector down in Whitehall. Ilkley has already been through all of this.[/p][/quote]Thousands sign and object to Supermarkets opening and then as you say they still get built and opened but then the supermarkets are filled with people buying from them. Who are these customers? Joedavid
  • Score: 2

9:20pm Wed 12 Mar 14

steve10 says...

Its to be hoped that they don't manage to build them before the 6th July because no one will be able to get in or out of them thanks to the tour de Yorkshire :-(
Its to be hoped that they don't manage to build them before the 6th July because no one will be able to get in or out of them thanks to the tour de Yorkshire :-( steve10
  • Score: -1

9:30am Thu 13 Mar 14

SueC101 says...

Tesco already have a 29.8% market share which is down from 2007 (31.6%). They will have a massive impact and this beautiful village i.e. destroying the high street as we know it now.

Tesco have a complete disregard for how people feel. The village will not cope with the additional traffic, the loss of local businesses.

Aldi will not have that impact on the village.

This strip of land will also mean additional houses, can our schools cope?

Tesco need to stop and listen to local communities.

Tesco should not be allowed to 'Rail Road' planning etc.

SAY NO
Tesco already have a 29.8% market share which is down from 2007 (31.6%). They will have a massive impact and this beautiful village i.e. destroying the high street as we know it now. Tesco have a complete disregard for how people feel. The village will not cope with the additional traffic, the loss of local businesses. Aldi will not have that impact on the village. This strip of land will also mean additional houses, can our schools cope? Tesco need to stop and listen to local communities. Tesco should not be allowed to 'Rail Road' planning etc. SAY NO SueC101
  • Score: 1

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