Councillors agreed to the recommendations of planning officers and gave Asda planning permission for their store on Old Lane, Beeston this afternoon.
The Council’s Plans Panel (South and West) also agreed with officers in rejecting Tesco permission to build a store next door to Asda on the former jam factory site.
Asda have been given six months to resolve the remaining planning issues including a Section 106 Agreement. This will cover works to the highway, including improvements to the roundabout at the junction of Old Lane and Town Street; employment of local people in the building and operational phases; and a fixed timescale for completion of the development.
The spokesperson for Asda also promised that the wotrk would commence on their Middleton store on 5th August and they expect the store to open on 14th May 2014. He said there had been issues with drainage, land ownership and highway works which had delayed them. He added that the Old Lane site would be very much easier to develop.