Tesco wants to construct a convenience store on the site of what is now the car park of The George pub in Idle. 551 people signed a petition against the plans for a Tesco Express store which they believe could “destroy” their business. Concerns have also been raised about the potential for increased traffic and parking problems.
In March 2008 Tesco withdrew an application to build a new, larger store on Mayfield Rd. This followed a well organised campaign by local residents and traders, which included a petition with over 5,000 signatures. Ilkley Residents Against Tesco Encroachment (IRATE), a campaign group set up to oppose the plans, was delighted that Tesco withdrew its application.
Traders and residents are opposing plans for a Sainsbury's Local on Bingley Road in the World Heritage village of Saltaire.
Sainsbury's has written to people in Saltaire outlining its intention to open a convenience store on the site of a car wash. The company said it would submit a formal planning application to Bradford Council in the near future.