Angry MP hits out at decision by Inspector over appeal by Tesco

The site of the planned Tesco store

The site of the planned Tesco store

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Ilkley/Otley Reporter

An MP has described the decision to allow supermarket giant Tesco to build a new store in Ilkley as ‘perverse and undemocratic’.

And Kris Hopkins, Conservative MP for Keighley which includes Ilkley, said he has written to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to tell him the current planning regime needs to change.

Tesco finally won a battle for permission to construct the new store in Mayfield Road, after an eight-day planning appeal in July.

After the appeal, Government planning inspector Harold Stephens overturned decisions made by Bradford Council in August, 2009, to refuse permission for the new supermarket and a proposal to transform the existing Tesco store in Springs Lane into a 60-bedroom care home and several retails units.

Mr Stephens’ decisions were revealed last week in a 55-page report and came after a campaign against the plans by a residents’ group called Irate (Ilkley Residents Against Tesco Expansion) and loud opposition within the town.

But Mr Hopkins said the move to overturn the Council’s decisions were wrong.

“The Planning Inspectorate’s decision to support Tesco’s appeal is the wrong one,” Mr Hopkins said.

“It also serves as strong evidence for why the system itself must change.

“It is evident that there is widespread opposition to the new store from local residents in Ilkley, and Bradford Council’s original decision clearly backed this up.

“For a national body – based in Bristol – to simply reverse this adjudication is both perverse and undemocratic.”

Mr Hopkins said he had written to Mr Pickles, a former leader of Bradford Council, to air his grievances.

“The current planning regime, which was inherited by the new coalition Government, needs to change and I have written to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to make my views known,” he said.

Meanwhile, members of the Ilkley Design Statement Group, which gave evidence to Mr Stephens during the eight-day hearing, said they were upset with the outcome.

“The Ilkley Design Statement Group is extremely disappointed that Tesco have won their appeal against Bradford Council,” the statement said.

“Our members who were present throughout the Inquiry felt that the objectors had the better of the argument, so it is disappointing that so much effort by so many people has been wasted.

“The Prime Minister’s desire to give power to the local people is not much in evidence here. It would be interesting to know what the common sense Eric Pickles thinks about it. If Tesco can win in Ilkley they can win anywhere!”

Work on a new Tesco store could begin immediately, but is not likely to start for several weeks.

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9:49am Tue 7 Sep 10

Up with the partridge says...

You can be cerytain the there is some form of corruption taking place. I agree with the MP it is perverse that the locals don't want it, the council doesn't but one person who I guess must be on Tesco's Christmas Card list says yes. Tesco is a cancer amongst retail. They have gone from being a food vendor to being into everything and they will kill off a small town like Ilkley. The trouble is that the locals despite the huffing and puffing will support the place and so it will be a success. Shame though it would be nice if people power could kill Tesco off.
You can be cerytain the there is some form of corruption taking place. I agree with the MP it is perverse that the locals don't want it, the council doesn't but one person who I guess must be on Tesco's Christmas Card list says yes. Tesco is a cancer amongst retail. They have gone from being a food vendor to being into everything and they will kill off a small town like Ilkley. The trouble is that the locals despite the huffing and puffing will support the place and so it will be a success. Shame though it would be nice if people power could kill Tesco off. Up with the partridge
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9:58am Tue 7 Sep 10

claytonian says...

come on partridge get real,some normal people live in ilkley not just the chattering classes,normal people who cant afford rip off booths and would'nt mind a job!remember its part of bradford,check the post code,bet that smarts
come on partridge get real,some normal people live in ilkley not just the chattering classes,normal people who cant afford rip off booths and would'nt mind a job!remember its part of bradford,check the post code,bet that smarts claytonian
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12:52pm Tue 7 Sep 10

Brent_Meister says...

What's perverse about this ? - more jobs created and the local folk are still not happy.
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Sheesh!
What's perverse about this ? - more jobs created and the local folk are still not happy. . Sheesh! Brent_Meister
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2:20pm Tue 7 Sep 10

fish'n'chips says...

Brent_Meister wrote:
What's perverse about this ? - more jobs created and the local folk are still not happy.
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Sheesh!
Check tesco's record for local jobs. The vast majority of tesco employee's are people on student visas who can work 20 hours a week or under paid immigrants, tesco are a cancer and how many local jobs will be lost when this superstore opens and other businesses suffer like everywhere else a tesco has opened.
[quote][p][bold]Brent_Meister[/bold] wrote: What's perverse about this ? - more jobs created and the local folk are still not happy. . Sheesh![/p][/quote]Check tesco's record for local jobs. The vast majority of tesco employee's are people on student visas who can work 20 hours a week or under paid immigrants, tesco are a cancer and how many local jobs will be lost when this superstore opens and other businesses suffer like everywhere else a tesco has opened. fish'n'chips
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4:14pm Tue 7 Sep 10

Brent_Meister says...

fish'n'chips wrote:
Brent_Meister wrote:
What's perverse about this ? - more jobs created and the local folk are still not happy.
.
Sheesh!
Check tesco's record for local jobs. The vast majority of tesco employee's are people on student visas who can work 20 hours a week or under paid immigrants, tesco are a cancer and how many local jobs will be lost when this superstore opens and other businesses suffer like everywhere else a tesco has opened.
If Tesco are breaking the law in any way, then please report them. And re. pay, I'm sure they have to adhere to the minimum wage (just like every other successful company).
[quote][p][bold]fish'n'chips[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brent_Meister[/bold] wrote: What's perverse about this ? - more jobs created and the local folk are still not happy. . Sheesh![/p][/quote]Check tesco's record for local jobs. The vast majority of tesco employee's are people on student visas who can work 20 hours a week or under paid immigrants, tesco are a cancer and how many local jobs will be lost when this superstore opens and other businesses suffer like everywhere else a tesco has opened.[/p][/quote]If Tesco are breaking the law in any way, then please report them. And re. pay, I'm sure they have to adhere to the minimum wage (just like every other successful company). Brent_Meister
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5:21pm Tue 7 Sep 10

Up with the partridge says...

claytonian wrote:
come on partridge get real,some normal people live in ilkley not just the chattering classes,normal people who cant afford rip off booths and would'nt mind a job!remember its part of bradford,check the post code,bet that smarts
You sound like someone who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing. Tesco isn't cheap except where its loss leaders are used. Try in particular comparing the price of fruit and veg with your local greengrocer and you will see they are a) cheaper and b) better quality than Tesco. Booth's seemed ok to me when I was in Ilkley.
[quote][p][bold]claytonian[/bold] wrote: come on partridge get real,some normal people live in ilkley not just the chattering classes,normal people who cant afford rip off booths and would'nt mind a job!remember its part of bradford,check the post code,bet that smarts[/p][/quote]You sound like someone who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing. Tesco isn't cheap except where its loss leaders are used. Try in particular comparing the price of fruit and veg with your local greengrocer and you will see they are a) cheaper and b) better quality than Tesco. Booth's seemed ok to me when I was in Ilkley. Up with the partridge
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5:21pm Tue 7 Sep 10

Up with the partridge says...

claytonian wrote:
come on partridge get real,some normal people live in ilkley not just the chattering classes,normal people who cant afford rip off booths and would'nt mind a job!remember its part of bradford,check the post code,bet that smarts
You sound like someone who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing. Tesco isn't cheap except where its loss leaders are used. Try in particular comparing the price of fruit and veg with your local greengrocer and you will see they are a) cheaper and b) better quality than Tesco. Booth's seemed ok to me when I was in Ilkley.
[quote][p][bold]claytonian[/bold] wrote: come on partridge get real,some normal people live in ilkley not just the chattering classes,normal people who cant afford rip off booths and would'nt mind a job!remember its part of bradford,check the post code,bet that smarts[/p][/quote]You sound like someone who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing. Tesco isn't cheap except where its loss leaders are used. Try in particular comparing the price of fruit and veg with your local greengrocer and you will see they are a) cheaper and b) better quality than Tesco. Booth's seemed ok to me when I was in Ilkley. Up with the partridge
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7:01pm Tue 7 Sep 10

claytonian says...

dont be silly boy,i know the value of work for communities,even in dormitory areas like ilkley,you've obviously got a grudge,in fact you sound like a dreamer citizen partridge
dont be silly boy,i know the value of work for communities,even in dormitory areas like ilkley,you've obviously got a grudge,in fact you sound like a dreamer citizen partridge claytonian
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8:00pm Tue 7 Sep 10

Up with the partridge says...

So why not live there then?
So why not live there then? Up with the partridge
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9:39pm Tue 7 Sep 10

mrleg says...

claytonian wrote:
come on partridge get real,some normal people live in ilkley not just the chattering classes,normal people who cant afford rip off booths and would'nt mind a job!remember its part of bradford,check the post code,bet that smarts
"check the post code" LS29 is not part of Bradford, or have I missed the obvious?
[quote][p][bold]claytonian[/bold] wrote: come on partridge get real,some normal people live in ilkley not just the chattering classes,normal people who cant afford rip off booths and would'nt mind a job!remember its part of bradford,check the post code,bet that smarts[/p][/quote]"check the post code" LS29 is not part of Bradford, or have I missed the obvious? mrleg
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9:53pm Tue 7 Sep 10

Up with the partridge says...

mrleg wrote:
claytonian wrote: come on partridge get real,some normal people live in ilkley not just the chattering classes,normal people who cant afford rip off booths and would'nt mind a job!remember its part of bradford,check the post code,bet that smarts
"check the post code" LS29 is not part of Bradford, or have I missed the obvious?
It is actually Bradford MDC isn't it - much to the absolute horror I guess of the good and great of Ilkley
[quote][p][bold]mrleg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]claytonian[/bold] wrote: come on partridge get real,some normal people live in ilkley not just the chattering classes,normal people who cant afford rip off booths and would'nt mind a job!remember its part of bradford,check the post code,bet that smarts[/p][/quote]"check the post code" LS29 is not part of Bradford, or have I missed the obvious?[/p][/quote]It is actually Bradford MDC isn't it - much to the absolute horror I guess of the good and great of Ilkley Up with the partridge
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9:05am Wed 8 Sep 10

claytonian says...

good and great of ilkley!like alan titchmarsh,whoa i'm impressed,dont understand the horror of being part of bradford,you must be a real snob partridge in your comfort zone,would'nt like to be there man
good and great of ilkley!like alan titchmarsh,whoa i'm impressed,dont understand the horror of being part of bradford,you must be a real snob partridge in your comfort zone,would'nt like to be there man claytonian
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10:04am Wed 8 Sep 10

Up with the partridge says...

claytonian wrote:
good and great of ilkley!like alan titchmarsh,whoa i'm impressed,dont understand the horror of being part of bradford,you must be a real snob partridge in your comfort zone,would'nt like to be there man
I currently spend 3 nights a week staying in Bradford as part of my work, why is it a horror being part of Bradford - I am sure that as Leeds is supposedly trendy (have you been to Belle Isle and Gipton?) then the sort of people who live in Ilkley would rather be part of Leeds council than Bradford
[quote][p][bold]claytonian[/bold] wrote: good and great of ilkley!like alan titchmarsh,whoa i'm impressed,dont understand the horror of being part of bradford,you must be a real snob partridge in your comfort zone,would'nt like to be there man[/p][/quote]I currently spend 3 nights a week staying in Bradford as part of my work, why is it a horror being part of Bradford - I am sure that as Leeds is supposedly trendy (have you been to Belle Isle and Gipton?) then the sort of people who live in Ilkley would rather be part of Leeds council than Bradford Up with the partridge
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