Middleton ASDA latest – supermarket giant ‘still committed’

A number of readers have contacted South Leeds Life asking for an update on the plans to build a new Asda supermarket in Middleton.

Back in February it was revealed that the store, which originally received planning permission in 2010, would be open by November 2013.

But Asda chiefs are now keeping their cards close to their chests over whether they’re still in line to meet that date.

The development has been dogged by delays over the years, including wrangles over land ownership, the relocation of existing businesses and the construction of a new access road to the nearby waste recycling centre.

As we reported back in June, Asda submitted slightly revised plans for the store.

Those revised plans are still awaiting approval from the council’s planning department.

The revisions included store layout, access into the car park has changed, the road into the service yard had been updated and the position of the store on the site had altered slightly, with the store being located closer to the northern boundary.

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When contacted by South Leeds Life for clarification on the current position regarding the store opening, an Asda spokesman issued a statement saying:

“We are committed to building a new Asda store in Middleton, which will create significant employment opportunities for the local community.”

Which is broadly good news – but no mention of any timescale. The store’s webpage currently has a holding sign saying the page is currently being updated.

We’ll bring you any developments as they happen.