Planners’ No to store that shoppers want

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COUNCIL officials have dealt a blow to Elland shoppers by recommending plans for two supermarkets are rejected.

Tuesday’s planning meeting will be told that applications from Morrisons and Asda do not comply with all planning policies.

But an army of shoppers favouring the Morrisons application, is expected to converge on Halifax Town Hall for the 6pm hearing.

Sandra Smith, of the Elland Supermarket Support Group, said the campaign for a Morrisons in Elland continues and free transport to the meeting is being organised.

“We are shocked with the recommendation and we have got to make councillors realise we want Morrisons which we believe is a more fit and proper than the Asda scheme.”

Morrisons wants to build on the Nu-Swift site at Wistons Lane. It would relocate the fire-extinguisher firm nearby, safeguarding 70 jobs and creating up to 300 more at its store. A filling station is also included in the plans.

Asda said it would create up to 200 jobs on land between Dewsbury Road and Huddersfield Road. A report to councillors says there have been 467 letters of support for Morrisons with 40 objections but officers say the development would have an adverse effect on the town centre, Elland Conservation Area and the Grade One listed St Mary’s Church.

Asda’s proposals were criticised for traffic concerns likely to develop on Elland Riorges Link, Huddersfield Road, Dewsbury Road and Westbury Street.

The report says Elland has an identified need for one new supermarket and both had positive and negative factors to be considered.

“The council is in a position where it must consider whether the retail needs of Elland are best met by development of either the Nu-Swift or Dewsbury Road site,” it said.

“The matter before members is therefore considered to be one of those exceptional circumstances where the availablity of an alternative site is a material planning consideration.”

To book transport from Nu-Swift text 07961278414 or email morrisonsupporters@hotmail.co.uk

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