Tesco wants to build a 40,000sq ft (6,000 sq metres) store on the former auction mart site in Keighley Road in Bingley. Residents and shop-keepers are concerned that this edge of town development will spell the end for smaller shops in its centre. The Tesco application was lodged with City of Bradford MDC Planning Office in September 2009. Councillors were advised to refuse planning permission for the proposed store. The planning officer's report says "...there are serious concerns that the proposed development would have an adverse impact on the future vitality and viability of Bingley town centre, particularly given existing difficult trading conditions. Furthermore, the development would prejudice the development of a sequentially preferable site, the Bradford & Bingley offices site".
Bingley, West Yorkshire
The site of the former Bradford and Bingley Building Society looks set to become a Lidl supermarket. Lidl is planning to build a new 26,500 sq ft store on the vacant site off Main Street in Bingley, which was previously where the building society was headquartered.
Sainsbury's plans to demolish the old Bradford & Bingley building to make way for a new Sainsbury's supermarket were approved..
Tesco plans were unanimously rejected by Councillors because of fears a store would damage the retail sector in the town centre. 153 written objections had been submitted and five petitions collected a total of 661 signatures opposing the development.