Supermarket giant Asda has submitted revised plans for its long-delayed store 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 the controversial development has been dogged by delays, including wrangles over land ownership, the relocation of existing businesses and the construction of a new access road to the nearby waste recycling centre.
And within the past 10 days Asda have submitted revised plans for the scheme “… in response to ASDA’s updated store requirements, the opportunity to reduce the construction time period and to respond to Leeds City Council highways requirements.”
An Asda report to planners says:
“The store layout has also been revised to improve servicing, increase efficiency within the store and to provide a solution to the need for cut and fill within the site…
“… The corner features and multiple active facades are retained and the store continues to retain the approved linkages with the District Centre and also the proposed car park situated to the South of the store and associated public realm.
“Access to the site remains unchanged. However access into the car park has changed, with an extra turning lane added to prevent potential vehicle stacking. The road into the service yard has been updated in line with its new position.
“…the position of the store on the Site has altered slightly with the store being located closer to the northern boundary. This has led to the requirement for the service yard to be positioned along the Eastern edge of the building as opposed to on the Northern boundary, to allow ease of servicing for the store.”
For full details of the changes, check out the detailed proposals (use the arrows below to navigate through the different pages):
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More details can be found on the council’s planning portal. So far there have been five letters of support for the revised scheme, and one against.
Here’s a video of the original plans:
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