Appeal over rejected Shipley recycling site store puts rival supermarket plan on hold

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Computer-generated images of how the Shipley Morrisons store scheme would look Computer-generated images of how the Shipley Morrisons store scheme would look

Wrangles over the future of a proposed supermarket development in Shipley will further delay progress on the one project to which councillors gave overwhelming support, it has emerged.

Six months ago, planners gave permission for Morrisons to build on land at Crag Road on the Windhill side of the railway line, and they turned down a rival move to build an un-named supermarket on the Crossley Evans recycling site.

A similar proposal by Shipley shopfitting firm Cardinal was also rejected at the same time.

GMI Developments Ltd and their partners DB Schenker Rail (UK) Ltd and Network Rail have since appealed against the Bradford Council decision to refuse their plan and a six-day appeal chaired by a government inspector is due to take place on September 30.

They want to see a supermarket, cafe, petrol station, business units and rail maintenance depot on Otley Road and it has now emerged that Network Rail will not proceed with negotiations regarding other land it owns, which is earmarked to be part of the rival Morrisons development until the appeal process has ended.

And in a separate report to Bradford Council’s Regulatory and Appeals Committee, which meets on Thursday, officers have included details of the inevitable delay: “Land the subject of this planning application is in multi-ownership including land in the ownership of Bradford Council. A proportion of the site is also in the ownership of Network Rail.”

Shipley MP Philip Davies was a keen opponent of the proposed development at Crossley Evans and said while he recognised the business reasons behind Network Rail’s decision, he hoped the appeal would be swiftly dealt with.

He said: “I am very supportive of the decision made by elected Bradford councillors in the best interests of the people of Shipley and I want to see that decision upheld at appeal.”

Chairman of Shipley Town Centre Business Partnership, Barry Cooper, said all that mattered was the getting the best result for the town.

“The longer it all drags out it makes investment and development in the town itself more difficult,” said jeweller Mr Cooper.

Morrisons declined to comment on the ongoing process and no-one was able to comment at GMI Developments Ltd.

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7:18am Fri 30 May 14

Albion. says...

Sad that it ends up like this, the council made the correct decision.
Sad that it ends up like this, the council made the correct decision. Albion.
  • Score: 8

7:32am Fri 30 May 14

bd7 helper says...

Let's start to recycle
Let's start to recycle bd7 helper
  • Score: -5

8:01am Fri 30 May 14

tinytoonster says...

so network rail have taken their bat and ball home!
sound like spoilt kids!
so network rail have taken their bat and ball home! sound like spoilt kids! tinytoonster
  • Score: 9

8:49am Fri 30 May 14

freespeech says...

The council were right! Morrisons is best choice for the area and community... If our councils decision is overturned I will boycott anything to do with the development on the Crossley Evans site...
The council were right! Morrisons is best choice for the area and community... If our councils decision is overturned I will boycott anything to do with the development on the Crossley Evans site... freespeech
  • Score: 9

9:16am Fri 30 May 14

SurprisedByJoyce says...

Greedy developers spoiling everything as usual.
Greedy developers spoiling everything as usual. SurprisedByJoyce
  • Score: 6

2:37pm Fri 30 May 14

Shipleyvegas says...

Disgusting behaviour from network rail. They are trying to blackmail the council into allowing their proposal by withholding permission to the other land.

Pathetic really
Disgusting behaviour from network rail. They are trying to blackmail the council into allowing their proposal by withholding permission to the other land. Pathetic really Shipleyvegas
  • Score: 3

3:44pm Fri 30 May 14

Grumpygirl says...

Where are the people who normally defend the right of developers to make a profit? Who claim developers aren't greedy, just misunderstood honest business folk.

Strangely silent for once.
Where are the people who normally defend the right of developers to make a profit? Who claim developers aren't greedy, just misunderstood honest business folk. Strangely silent for once. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 0

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