Morrisons ‘homes’ plan wins Shipley's store wars

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Computer-generated images of how the scheme would look with the rebuilt Carnegie Library Computer-generated images of how the scheme would look with the rebuilt Carnegie Library

Bradford-based supermarket group Morrisons has won a three-way battle to build a new supermarket in Shipley – in what has been hailed as a “new era” for the town.

Bradford councillors yesterday approved the company’s application, submitted in accordance with Skipton Properties, for a superstore, petrol station, business units and 101 houses off Crag Road, which will be called Shipley Exchange.

The decision – greeted with cheers and applause by about 40 members of the public gathered in Shipley Library – was made at a special two-day meeting of the Council’s regulatory and appeals committee, but it is subject to conditions and Government ratification.

The proposal had been recommended for refusal by Bradford Council officers.

Brian Verity, managing director of Skipton Properties, was delighted by the decision.

He said: “I feel elated. I really do feel that it is a start of a new era for Shipley – it is a game-changer. Commonsense has prevailed – I am really pleased.”

Members of the committee praised the Shipley Exchange scheme, which also involves dismantling and moving the Carnegie library building, as an “exciting” proposal.

Councillor Jackie Whiteley (Con, Wharfedale) said: “I like the housing, the roundabout, the rebuilding of the library, that it is out of the town centre, the relief road, and that it is a named supermarket that has already signed up.”

Committee chairman, Councillor David Warburton, said: “There will be additional parking for the station, which is becoming more and more a hub.”

Two other applications by Cardinal Shop Fitters, based at Airedale Mills, and GMI, which wanted to redevelop the site occupied by recycling firm, Crossley Evans, were rejected by councillors.

The GMI scheme for Otley Road was the preferred choice of Council officers, but it was pulled apart by councillors on the committee yesterday, who bemoaned a likely increase in traffic in Otley Road, the loss of the Crossley Evans recycling plant and a railway link, displacement of jobs elsewhere, and concerns about water, electricity and sewerage.

Matthew Evans, boss at Crossley Evans – which would have to move if the Otley Road scheme had got the go-ahead – said: “We are very pleased to say the least. It is a fantastic result for us and, I hope, for Shipley as well.

“The level of support we have had has been absolutely mind-blowing.”

Reacting to councillors’ criticism of the GMI plan, Mr Evans said: “I was delighted. I think they took a pragmatic approach and came to a sensible conclusion.”

Councillor Vanda Greenwood (Lab, Windhill and Wrose) said: “I’m delighted at the decision. It will make a big difference to Windhill and provide much-needed jobs and investment.”

James Marshall, of Commercial Development Projects, which was involved in the Cardinal scheme, said: “We are disappointed with the decision. We will now look at different options as to where we go from here.”

Chris Gilman, managing director of GMI Developments, said: “In attempting to make the more popular decision over the right one for Shipley, the Council has left itself wide open to challenge and we are fully committed to appealing this decision.”

Morrisons development executive Richard Bakes said: “We are pleased that members have approved our joint application and will work with council officers to finalise the details.”

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6:50am Sat 21 Dec 13

Albion. says...

"Chris Gilman, managing director of GMI Developments, said: “In attempting to make the more popular decision over the right one for Shipley, the Council has left itself wide open to challenge and we are fully committed to appealing this decision.”

The "right one" has been made, it's what the majority of people wanted and YOUR development was the least popular of the three. Now the sore loser intends to waste time and money on appeals.
"Chris Gilman, managing director of GMI Developments, said: “In attempting to make the more popular decision over the right one for Shipley, the Council has left itself wide open to challenge and we are fully committed to appealing this decision.” The "right one" has been made, it's what the majority of people wanted and YOUR development was the least popular of the three. Now the sore loser intends to waste time and money on appeals. Albion.

7:13am Sat 21 Dec 13

mr.bradford says...

Back Of The Net! Common Sense 1 - 0 Bradford Council
Back Of The Net! Common Sense 1 - 0 Bradford Council mr.bradford

7:37am Sat 21 Dec 13

mad matt says...

Considering the changes being made to the electricity generating industry with the introduction of the wood-burning boilers, the Crossley-Evans scheme makes very good sense.
Most of the wood for processing would come in by rail and the finished pellet fuel would go out by rail.
This would have almost no impact on the road traffic in the town centre but would provide much needed jobs on the Crossley - Evans town centre site.
Considering the changes being made to the electricity generating industry with the introduction of the wood-burning boilers, the Crossley-Evans scheme makes very good sense. Most of the wood for processing would come in by rail and the finished pellet fuel would go out by rail. This would have almost no impact on the road traffic in the town centre but would provide much needed jobs on the Crossley - Evans town centre site. mad matt

7:38am Sat 21 Dec 13

tinytoonster says...

Albion. wrote:
"Chris Gilman, managing director of GMI Developments, said: “In attempting to make the more popular decision over the right one for Shipley, the Council has left itself wide open to challenge and we are fully committed to appealing this decision.”

The "right one" has been made, it's what the majority of people wanted and YOUR development was the least popular of the three. Now the sore loser intends to waste time and money on appeals.
typical, dont like a decision so keep appealing till its changed in their favour!
take your medicine and do one.
i'm stunned to say it but well done to the committee.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: "Chris Gilman, managing director of GMI Developments, said: “In attempting to make the more popular decision over the right one for Shipley, the Council has left itself wide open to challenge and we are fully committed to appealing this decision.” The "right one" has been made, it's what the majority of people wanted and YOUR development was the least popular of the three. Now the sore loser intends to waste time and money on appeals.[/p][/quote]typical, dont like a decision so keep appealing till its changed in their favour! take your medicine and do one. i'm stunned to say it but well done to the committee. tinytoonster

8:59am Sat 21 Dec 13

food_for_thought says...

mr.bradford wrote:
Back Of The Net! Common Sense 1 - 0 Bradford Council
Let's give credit where it's due please! This decision has been made by Bradford Council (or, more accurately, its Regulatory and Appeals Committee) - the recommendtion in favour of the GMI scheme was made by the coipuncil officers - those are the ones that get to ignore what people actually want or need and hide behind the 'process' and 'government guidelines' to justify their nonsensical decisions.

Also, have to agree, GMI will drag this out as long as they can and we'll see no actual progress for years, unfortunately. Wouldn't be nice to see a 'good loser' for once?
[quote][p][bold]mr.bradford[/bold] wrote: Back Of The Net! Common Sense 1 - 0 Bradford Council[/p][/quote]Let's give credit where it's due please! This decision has been made by Bradford Council (or, more accurately, its Regulatory and Appeals Committee) - the recommendtion in favour of the GMI scheme was made by the coipuncil officers - those are the ones that get to ignore what people actually want or need and hide behind the 'process' and 'government guidelines' to justify their nonsensical decisions. Also, have to agree, GMI will drag this out as long as they can and we'll see no actual progress for years, unfortunately. Wouldn't be nice to see a 'good loser' for once? food_for_thought

9:35am Sat 21 Dec 13

schroeder says...

Looks good. Would be better if it was closer to the town centre though, because this won't do anything to attract more people into Shipley, it will only take more people out.

If it was a short walk into town people would park there and visit the town centre too, like they do at Asda.
Looks good. Would be better if it was closer to the town centre though, because this won't do anything to attract more people into Shipley, it will only take more people out. If it was a short walk into town people would park there and visit the town centre too, like they do at Asda. schroeder

9:37am Sat 21 Dec 13

schroeder says...

"dismantling and moving the Carnegie library building"
Is that a better way of saying knocking down and rebuilding a lesser quality version?
"dismantling and moving the Carnegie library building" Is that a better way of saying knocking down and rebuilding a lesser quality version? schroeder

9:39am Sat 21 Dec 13

thatsnotmyname says...

Looks ok, but when will it be built....that is the question.
Looks ok, but when will it be built....that is the question. thatsnotmyname

9:48am Sat 21 Dec 13

bingley resident says...

What a joke! Experienced Council planners who are experts in this field recommended the Crossley Evans site yet a panel of unqualified councillors can overturn expert opinion.....where is the sense in that? Why bother having planning experts on the council when the ultimate decision is decided on personal choice rather than planning requirements. Mickey Mouse springs to mind.....
What a joke! Experienced Council planners who are experts in this field recommended the Crossley Evans site yet a panel of unqualified councillors can overturn expert opinion.....where is the sense in that? Why bother having planning experts on the council when the ultimate decision is decided on personal choice rather than planning requirements. Mickey Mouse springs to mind..... bingley resident

10:00am Sat 21 Dec 13

bd7 helper says...

Brilliant job
If everyone had a committee lyk this one
Brilliant job If everyone had a committee lyk this one bd7 helper

10:05am Sat 21 Dec 13

Victor Clayton says...

bingley resident wrote:
What a joke! Experienced Council planners who are experts in this field recommended the Crossley Evans site yet a panel of unqualified councillors can overturn expert opinion.....where is the sense in that? Why bother having planning experts on the council when the ultimate decision is decided on personal choice rather than planning requirements. Mickey Mouse springs to mind.....
I would have thought they were both doing their respective jobs. The council has to take into account the wishes of the people they represent. The planners don't. All looks ok to me.
[quote][p][bold]bingley resident[/bold] wrote: What a joke! Experienced Council planners who are experts in this field recommended the Crossley Evans site yet a panel of unqualified councillors can overturn expert opinion.....where is the sense in that? Why bother having planning experts on the council when the ultimate decision is decided on personal choice rather than planning requirements. Mickey Mouse springs to mind.....[/p][/quote]I would have thought they were both doing their respective jobs. The council has to take into account the wishes of the people they represent. The planners don't. All looks ok to me. Victor Clayton

10:54am Sat 21 Dec 13

Truffle shuffle says...

I don't think it's all over for crossley Evans though . The landlord has already served notice on them to quit.

The landlord will develop that site.
I don't think it's all over for crossley Evans though . The landlord has already served notice on them to quit. The landlord will develop that site. Truffle shuffle

1:50pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Grumpygirl says...

GMI want the money. They will appeal. Unfortunately our incompetent planners by preferring GMI's flawed bid over the others, have left the door wide open for a challenge. Heads should roll in our so-called Regeneration Department.

City Hall must support the democratic decision in favour of Morrissons and immediately zone the Crossley-Evans site for industrial use only, just in case GMI are small minded enough to throw Crossley-Evans off the site in a fit of pique.
GMI want the money. They will appeal. Unfortunately our incompetent planners by preferring GMI's flawed bid over the others, have left the door wide open for a challenge. Heads should roll in our so-called Regeneration Department. City Hall must support the democratic decision in favour of Morrissons and immediately zone the Crossley-Evans site for industrial use only, just in case GMI are small minded enough to throw Crossley-Evans off the site in a fit of pique. Grumpygirl

2:05pm Sat 21 Dec 13

BaildonGuy says...

It's not over yet. When GMI appeal I wonder how much effort our Planners will put into the defence. Won't they want the Council to lose? Their pride is wounded and they'll want to be proved right. Our planners are not noted for thinking strategically.
It's not over yet. When GMI appeal I wonder how much effort our Planners will put into the defence. Won't they want the Council to lose? Their pride is wounded and they'll want to be proved right. Our planners are not noted for thinking strategically. BaildonGuy

2:12pm Sat 21 Dec 13

vikksy says...

schroeder wrote:
"dismantling and moving the Carnegie library building"
Is that a better way of saying knocking down and rebuilding a lesser quality version?
No it means rebuilding it the same as Eastbrook Hall was
[quote][p][bold]schroeder[/bold] wrote: "dismantling and moving the Carnegie library building" Is that a better way of saying knocking down and rebuilding a lesser quality version?[/p][/quote]No it means rebuilding it the same as Eastbrook Hall was vikksy

2:39pm Sat 21 Dec 13

BertSanders says...

Details of Morrisons development seems as if it is really what they intend to do -others appear more maybe and are less concise. Morrison also have a track record of succeeding with the Council. It is no surprise - whether it is needed is another thing. but they will have covered eventualities like online shopping.. No surprise but expect to continue at ASDA. it may cause more local competition.
Details of Morrisons development seems as if it is really what they intend to do -others appear more maybe and are less concise. Morrison also have a track record of succeeding with the Council. It is no surprise - whether it is needed is another thing. but they will have covered eventualities like online shopping.. No surprise but expect to continue at ASDA. it may cause more local competition. BertSanders

2:49pm Sat 21 Dec 13

gruffalo66 says...

The Crossley Evans site is already zoned - and the planners own plan (Canal Rd Corridor) states is should be for recycling use unless there is a compelling alternative. The planners need to be taken to account for wasting thousands of pounds of public money and time in drafting and consulting on a plan they then immediately ignored when it suited them. Their representation to the councillors was also grossly impartial.
The Crossley Evans site is already zoned - and the planners own plan (Canal Rd Corridor) states is should be for recycling use unless there is a compelling alternative. The planners need to be taken to account for wasting thousands of pounds of public money and time in drafting and consulting on a plan they then immediately ignored when it suited them. Their representation to the councillors was also grossly impartial. gruffalo66

2:50pm Sat 21 Dec 13

BertSanders says...

thatsnotmyname wrote:
Looks ok, but when will it be built....that is the question.
Maybe like the ASDA extension of a few years back. That would have been right to assist the development of the town centre.
[quote][p][bold]thatsnotmyname[/bold] wrote: Looks ok, but when will it be built....that is the question.[/p][/quote]Maybe like the ASDA extension of a few years back. That would have been right to assist the development of the town centre. BertSanders

11:56am Sun 22 Dec 13

bcfc1903 says...

Well done Bradford council and all the Shipley folk who campaigned for this outcome, from a Shipley born proud Bradfordian.. Common sense prevails!!!!
Well done Bradford council and all the Shipley folk who campaigned for this outcome, from a Shipley born proud Bradfordian.. Common sense prevails!!!! bcfc1903

4:20pm Sun 22 Dec 13

onedtent says...

The councillors made their decision in response to the wishes of the people of Shipley. This is what we call democracy, and it does not always work in favour of developers seeking to make a quick profit. GMI have never told us who they want to build a supermarket for:- why the secrecy? They are not going to build it then look for a tenant, they are being paid by one company to push this scheme, but who? If anybody thinks that GMI are going to build it, do a search on Google, which will direct you to duedil, where you can find details on GMI Developments. Who controls the purse strings?
The councillors made their decision in response to the wishes of the people of Shipley. This is what we call democracy, and it does not always work in favour of developers seeking to make a quick profit. GMI have never told us who they want to build a supermarket for:- why the secrecy? They are not going to build it then look for a tenant, they are being paid by one company to push this scheme, but who? If anybody thinks that GMI are going to build it, do a search on Google, which will direct you to duedil, where you can find details on GMI Developments. Who controls the purse strings? onedtent

6:08pm Sun 22 Dec 13

MontyLeMar says...

So what happens now? Haven't Crossley Evans been told to vacate the site by the GERMAN owners of the land DB Schenker? Do they have to go or can they appeal the notice to quit. Can DB Schenker reclaim the land and develop it for other purposes? Too many questions remain unanswered before I start celebrating but, on paper, it's a good result.
So what happens now? Haven't Crossley Evans been told to vacate the site by the GERMAN owners of the land DB Schenker? Do they have to go or can they appeal the notice to quit. Can DB Schenker reclaim the land and develop it for other purposes? Too many questions remain unanswered before I start celebrating but, on paper, it's a good result. MontyLeMar

8:38pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Saltaire Bantam says...

I would have preferred to have the Shipley eastern bypass and a tunnel going under Shipley and Saltaire to Nab Wood. After the supermarket is built it will be impossible to overcome all the traffic problems around Saltaire traffic lights/roundabout. It will take half an hour for someone who lives in Nab Wood to get to the new Morrisons and then another half hour to get back!
I would have preferred to have the Shipley eastern bypass and a tunnel going under Shipley and Saltaire to Nab Wood. After the supermarket is built it will be impossible to overcome all the traffic problems around Saltaire traffic lights/roundabout. It will take half an hour for someone who lives in Nab Wood to get to the new Morrisons and then another half hour to get back! Saltaire Bantam

8:49pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Albion. says...

Saltaire Bantam wrote:
I would have preferred to have the Shipley eastern bypass and a tunnel going under Shipley and Saltaire to Nab Wood. After the supermarket is built it will be impossible to overcome all the traffic problems around Saltaire traffic lights/roundabout. It will take half an hour for someone who lives in Nab Wood to get to the new Morrisons and then another half hour to get back!
They could get to Bingley Sainsbury's in five minutes, but......Oh dear!
[quote][p][bold]Saltaire Bantam[/bold] wrote: I would have preferred to have the Shipley eastern bypass and a tunnel going under Shipley and Saltaire to Nab Wood. After the supermarket is built it will be impossible to overcome all the traffic problems around Saltaire traffic lights/roundabout. It will take half an hour for someone who lives in Nab Wood to get to the new Morrisons and then another half hour to get back![/p][/quote]They could get to Bingley Sainsbury's in five minutes, but......Oh dear! Albion.

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