Supermarket giants Asda and Tesco could be dealt a blow when their rival planning applications for stores in Old Lane, Beeston, go before councillors next week.
Planning officers are recommending refusal of BOTH applications – Asda is hoping for a new bigger store on its current Old Lane site and Tesco aims to build a new supermarket nearby.
Councillors will consider the council officers’ recommendations at a plans panel meeting at Leeds Civic Hall next Thursday. The meeting is open for the public to attend.
The reports – which can be viewed here – say both plans have backing from sections of the community following a substantial PR camapign from both companies. It’s also acknowledged that the extra jobs created in the area would also be welcome.
However, planning officers feel there could be an adverse effect on existing smaller independent stores, particularly in the Dewbury Road area and in Holbeck, and confilcts with planning policy. They say:
“Dewsbury Road is acknowledged to be a town centre that is poorly performing in terms of its provision and that it lacks the large anchor store that could stimulate further commercial and retail provision.
“A new food store operator in or close to that centre could stimulate jobs, income and visual enhancements that could kick start regeneration of the wider area. Without this it is likely that Dewsbury Road will continue in its downward spiral with potential for further economic loss.”
The report concludes:
“In weighing up the issues it is accepted that there would be potential economic benefits and that there is support from local communities, however it is still the case that this is a town centre use being proposed in an out of centre location and it is likely to detrimentally impact on the ability of Dewsbury Road, and potentially also Holbeck, to provide retail and economic vitality for their respective areas.
“This would effectively go against policy in both the UDPR and the draft Core Strategy which seeks to promote Dewsbury Road as a town centre and to bring about opportunities for growth to take place here. Given this conflict with policy and the potential disbenefits, it is not considered that the proposal can be considered to represent sustainable development and is therefore recommended for refusal.”
It is possible that councillors could go against council officers’ recommendations at the meeting.
Our friends at Leeds Citizen blog have a fuller report.
South Leeds Life will be there to report on the debate.
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