Supermarket support

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CONTROVERSIAL plans for a supermarket in Todmorden have won the support of planners.

But councillors will have to decide whether an ornate cinema frontage should be retained as part of the scheme.

Netto wants to build a store, cafe and car park on the site of the former Abraham Ormerod medical centre and disused Kwik Save supermarket in Burnley Road.

The old store was housed in the former Olympia Cinema and arguments have raged over whether the ornate art deco frontage should be retained.

Calderdale Council planners say retaining it or demolishing it would be acceptable.

The planning committee will give its verdict when it meets next Tuesday.

Todmorden Town Council has supported both proposals mainly because of the extra town centre parking space it will create.

Netto hopes to include some of the stone and architectural features from the 1938 medical centre.

However the council’s conservation officers are worried that if the centre goes it will create a gap in an important town centre location.

“The conservation interests have to be balanced against issues of greater significance to the health and competitiveness of Todmorden town centre,” according to head of planning Geoff Willerton.

“English Heritage has not listed either of these buildings which is an important consideration in determining the application for demolition.”

* Should the old cinema frontage be conserved? Or is it an eyesore that should be demolished.