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ASDA says at least nine out of 10 people backed its plans for a supermarket in Elland during an exhibition at the Cartwheel Club.

The company’s last planning application was turned down in 2007 but is now trying to build on a former industrial site between Dewsbury Road and Huddersfield Road.

With 20,000 sq ft sales area and 211 parking spaces, it will create up to 200 jobs.

Situated so close to the centre of Elland, it would bring a range of notable long-term benefits, not least a substantial improvement in retail choice and competition, said Asda spokesman Philip Bartram.

The planning application is due to be determined by Calderdale Council by the end of April.

*Plans for a Morrisons store on the Nu Swift site at Wistons Lane are due to be determined by the end of March.