Developer launches appeal over decision to allow a Morrisons store plan for Shipley

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: An artist’s impression of what the developed site in Shipley would look like An artist’s impression of what the developed site in Shipley would look like

Developers unhappy with Bradford Council’s refusal of plans for a Shipley superstore have hit out at a rival scheme.

GMI Developments has launched an appeal against the decision in which councillors went against officers’ advice and approved an alternative project for a Morrisons store.

In paperwork ahead of the appeal, GMI says it will show that the Morrisons scheme is “not currently deliverable”.

GMI wants the Planning Inspectorate to look at the refusal of a new supermarket and work space which was set to deliver 650 new jobs.

DB Schenker Rail (UK) applied with GMI to build Shipley Link, a superstore, cafe, petrol station, business units and rail depot on Otley Road. But the Council said no, instead voting for the Morrisons proposal for a store and residential development.

The appeal will set out a case for overturning the decision, saying the reasons for refusal are not justified.

And in contesting the delivery of an alternative, GMI says neither of two sites involved in its appeal “contain any barriers to development”.

“We will confirm that the application site is attractive to a main supermarket to deliver a scheme which will meet local retail and employment needs,” says the company.

In turning down the GMI scheme, the Council cited factors such as unacceptable access; extra traffic; loss of a rail freight siding and loss of a specialist metal recycling business.

A major bone of contention has concerned metal recycling firm Crossley Evans, which has occupied the site for 100 years. Before the plans were refused, DB Schenker told the company it had to be off the land by April. But the firm fought back with a public campaign and details of its own plan for a £6m renewable fuel scheme which would create 200 jobs on the site.

The GMI appeal will say businesses such as Crossley Evans are more suited to designated industrial areas. “Wider benefits in cleaning up an unsightly waste recycling operation at a key gateway site cannot be ignored,” says the company.

At its height, the battle involved three different schemes for a Shipley superstore. As well as the Crossley Evans plan, there was the ultimately successful Shipley Exchange project at Crag Road which will deliver a Morrisons store. But also in the equation was Airedale Mills, a Cardinal Shop Fitters site. This sought demolition of an existing building and creation of a store, car park and other works. This was also turned down.

The public inquiry into the appeal is unlikely to take place before summer.

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6:14am Mon 7 Apr 14

Albion. says...

The GMI site would still be my least favoured of the three.
The GMI site would still be my least favoured of the three. Albion.
  • Score: 11

8:45am Mon 7 Apr 14

bcfc1903 says...

The Morrisons plan is plainly the best and it was also backed at the public meeting in Shipley regarding these schemes , and you also get the added bonus of Crossley Evans staying put and introducing it's bio mass fuel producing plant. It's a no brainer!!!!
The Morrisons plan is plainly the best and it was also backed at the public meeting in Shipley regarding these schemes , and you also get the added bonus of Crossley Evans staying put and introducing it's bio mass fuel producing plant. It's a no brainer!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 15

9:07am Mon 7 Apr 14

cyn1cal says...

I hate when these firms dangle the blackmail carrot of creating new jobs when in reality the gains are balanced by the loss of jobs in smaller rival businesses which end up losing trade to bigger convenience stores.
I hate when these firms dangle the blackmail carrot of creating new jobs when in reality the gains are balanced by the loss of jobs in smaller rival businesses which end up losing trade to bigger convenience stores. cyn1cal
  • Score: 7

12:22pm Mon 7 Apr 14

bunnyson says...

We fought them last time and won and will fight them again in their appeal. How they, GMI, can say the reasons for turning their scheme down were not justified I honestly don't know. the Councillors saw sense and went against the recommendations of the planning department who provided a lot of flawed reasons for accepting the bid. Not one councillor went against the vote in favour of Morrisons and against GMI.

We will now have three supermarkets in Shipley, ADSA, ALDI and Morrisons. We don't need a fourth, we need a vibrant centre.
We fought them last time and won and will fight them again in their appeal. How they, GMI, can say the reasons for turning their scheme down were not justified I honestly don't know. the Councillors saw sense and went against the recommendations of the planning department who provided a lot of flawed reasons for accepting the bid. Not one councillor went against the vote in favour of Morrisons and against GMI. We will now have three supermarkets in Shipley, ADSA, ALDI and Morrisons. We don't need a fourth, we need a vibrant centre. bunnyson
  • Score: 7

12:30pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Storck says...

bunnyson wrote:
We fought them last time and won and will fight them again in their appeal. How they, GMI, can say the reasons for turning their scheme down were not justified I honestly don't know. the Councillors saw sense and went against the recommendations of the planning department who provided a lot of flawed reasons for accepting the bid. Not one councillor went against the vote in favour of Morrisons and against GMI.

We will now have three supermarkets in Shipley, ADSA, ALDI and Morrisons. We don't need a fourth, we need a vibrant centre.
They say theirs is the only one deliverable except for one important point, they do not have a major supermarket signed up.

It will not be Morrisons due to their other plans. ASDA already have the store in Shipley so that leaves Tesco, who have Canal Road, or Sainsburys. Out if those Sainsburys seems more likely but would still be close to their other Bradford store.
[quote][p][bold]bunnyson[/bold] wrote: We fought them last time and won and will fight them again in their appeal. How they, GMI, can say the reasons for turning their scheme down were not justified I honestly don't know. the Councillors saw sense and went against the recommendations of the planning department who provided a lot of flawed reasons for accepting the bid. Not one councillor went against the vote in favour of Morrisons and against GMI. We will now have three supermarkets in Shipley, ADSA, ALDI and Morrisons. We don't need a fourth, we need a vibrant centre.[/p][/quote]They say theirs is the only one deliverable except for one important point, they do not have a major supermarket signed up. It will not be Morrisons due to their other plans. ASDA already have the store in Shipley so that leaves Tesco, who have Canal Road, or Sainsburys. Out if those Sainsburys seems more likely but would still be close to their other Bradford store. Storck
  • Score: 3

12:33pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Joedavid says...

Storck wrote:
bunnyson wrote:
We fought them last time and won and will fight them again in their appeal. How they, GMI, can say the reasons for turning their scheme down were not justified I honestly don't know. the Councillors saw sense and went against the recommendations of the planning department who provided a lot of flawed reasons for accepting the bid. Not one councillor went against the vote in favour of Morrisons and against GMI.

We will now have three supermarkets in Shipley, ADSA, ALDI and Morrisons. We don't need a fourth, we need a vibrant centre.
They say theirs is the only one deliverable except for one important point, they do not have a major supermarket signed up.

It will not be Morrisons due to their other plans. ASDA already have the store in Shipley so that leaves Tesco, who have Canal Road, or Sainsburys. Out if those Sainsburys seems more likely but would still be close to their other Bradford store.
No Waitrose store in Bradford area.
[quote][p][bold]Storck[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bunnyson[/bold] wrote: We fought them last time and won and will fight them again in their appeal. How they, GMI, can say the reasons for turning their scheme down were not justified I honestly don't know. the Councillors saw sense and went against the recommendations of the planning department who provided a lot of flawed reasons for accepting the bid. Not one councillor went against the vote in favour of Morrisons and against GMI. We will now have three supermarkets in Shipley, ADSA, ALDI and Morrisons. We don't need a fourth, we need a vibrant centre.[/p][/quote]They say theirs is the only one deliverable except for one important point, they do not have a major supermarket signed up. It will not be Morrisons due to their other plans. ASDA already have the store in Shipley so that leaves Tesco, who have Canal Road, or Sainsburys. Out if those Sainsburys seems more likely but would still be close to their other Bradford store.[/p][/quote]No Waitrose store in Bradford area. Joedavid
  • Score: 0

5:49pm Sat 12 Apr 14

NattyBumpo says...

Please sign our petition to ask for the Planning Inspectorate to uphold the refusal for the superstore, and to allow Crossley Evans to stay in Shipley and continue to provide a valuable metal recycling facility (and jobs) for our district.

To sign the petition please follow the link to:

www.tinyurl.com/Save
CrossleyEvans

Please also write into the Planning Inspectorate / email to let them know your views. Details of how to contact the Planning Inspectorate can be found on our blog at:

http://shipleyneighb
our.wordpress.com/

The council planning panel made the right decision for Shipley, and I sincerely hope that the appeal against refusal fails.
Please sign our petition to ask for the Planning Inspectorate to uphold the refusal for the superstore, and to allow Crossley Evans to stay in Shipley and continue to provide a valuable metal recycling facility (and jobs) for our district. To sign the petition please follow the link to: www.tinyurl.com/Save CrossleyEvans Please also write into the Planning Inspectorate / email to let them know your views. Details of how to contact the Planning Inspectorate can be found on our blog at: http://shipleyneighb our.wordpress.com/ The council planning panel made the right decision for Shipley, and I sincerely hope that the appeal against refusal fails. NattyBumpo
  • Score: 0

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