New bid for Tesco store

COUNCILLORS are being recommended to allow supermarket giant Tesco to build in Queensbury.

In return for permission, the company would have to pay 65,250 towards off-site tree planting and landscaping, and upgrade a pedestrian footpath connecting Sandbeds to the new store at Brighouse Road near the village centre.

There have been objections to the plans for the supermarket and car parking opposite Black Dyke Mills, with the impact on local shops a major concern, but more letters of support have been submitted.

An earlier application, which was also backed by council officers, was turned down by Bradford Council's planning panel in December and is currently subject to an appeal.

A report to councillors said a duplicate application had been made to negotiate significant improvements to the earlier application.

They relate to site access, a retaining wall, and the design of the building.

Tesco said shoppers were leaving Queensbury while council officers said a robust jusfication had been made for the supermarket, and a recent council study indicated a need for additional retail provision to retain spending in the village.

"Only seven of the 59 units within the centre will experience any direct competition from the Tesco store due to the overlap of goods," said the council report.

Five convenience goods outlets, a florist and a chemist are most at risk, but the principle of development complies with retailing policies.

Councillors will discuss the plans on Tuesday.


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