GMI Developments Ltd has put in plans to Bradford Council for an 80,000 sq ft store beside the railway at Otley Road, Shipley.
Local residents and traders have organised a petition to oppose the plans.
The Council stated four reasons for turning down the GMI development: a detrimental impact on the highway network; issues relating to electricity cables, water mains, public sewers and a culverted watercourse affecting the site; the loss of a valuable rail freight siding and the loss of specialist metal recycling business Crossley Evans.
DB Schenker Rail (UK) Ltd applied with GMI Developments to build Shipley Link – a supermarket, cafe, petrol station, business units and rail maintenance depot on Otley Road, but the plans were turned down in December. They have now lodged an appeal against Bradford Council.
The two other supermarket applications were rejected.
The three-sided fight to build a new supermarket in Shipley has taken a dramatic turn as Bradford Council planning officers have backed the proposed development on the Crossley Evans recycling site off Otley Road. And in a report they recommended refusal for both Morrisons supermarket and housing proposal for Crag Lane and shopfitting firm Cardinal’s plans to redevelop Airedale Mills.
Developers behind one of three supermarket schemes battling to be built in Shipley resubmitted their plans. GMI Holdings, along with partners Network Rail and DB Schenker (Rail) UK, say the new ideas, to be lodged with Bradford Council, offer benefits which “cannot be matched”.
Planners at Bradford Council have postponed a decision on two major supermarket applications for Shipley after a third bid involving Morrisons was announced.