Planning permission was granted back in 2011 after a fire destroyed the pub, which had closed some time earlier. The long delays had raised questions in residents’ minds that the supermarket chain may have had second thoughts.
Site cabins have been set up and today diggers were clearing the site and deliveries were arriving. The work is expected to last 30 weeks with the store due to open in March 2014.
Meanwhile work is progressing on the Asda site on Holmewell Road next to the household waste site. Demolition has been completed and the site has been levelled. The Asda store is due to open in May 2014.
Notices posted at the site indicate that Asda have applied to Leeds City Council for a licence to sell alcohol 24 hours a day from the store.