CONTROVERSIAL proposals to build a Netto store in Todmorden were approved at a planning committee meeting.
Several concerned residents attended to object to the build, which includes a store, cafe and car park at the site of the former Abraham Ormerod medical centre and disused Kwik Save supermarket on Burnley Road.
Councillors approved plans to both retain and demolish the art deco frontage of the Olympia Cinema, which used to house Kwik Save.
Councillor Olwen Jennings (Lib-Dem, Todmorden) said: “I am dismayed with the result.
“It is a shame that they have got rid of the art deco front of the cinema. This new building is not an asset to Todmorden at all.”
Councillor Ruth Goldthorpe (Lib-Dem, Todmorden) said: “At a strike we have just deprived Todmorden of two iconic buildings. It’s such a shame and I’m disappointed.”
The first plan is for a store with 949 square metres of floor space and includes some of the stone and architectural features from the cinema frontage.
The second plan sees both original buildings demolished and replaced with 1,430 square metres of floor space.
Todmorden resident Emma Cranidge also attended the meeting.
She said: “We are disappointed by the decision of the committee.
“We are fearful for the impact of these decisions on the vitality of the economy in the town.
“We ask now what practical measures are Calderdale Council going to take to ensure Todmorden remains a vibrant market town with choice?
She added: “It is a sad destruction of our local heritage and character.”
A recent application to list The Abraham Ormerod Centre was denied.
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