Villagers bid to stop new Co-op build

The Co-op want to build a new supermarket on the land on Church Street in Gildersome.
The Co-op want to build a new supermarket on the land on Church Street in Gildersome.

A plan to build a supermarket on a busy road in Gildersome has been met by objections from residents and parish councillors.

The Co-operative has lodged an appeal with Leeds City Council’s planning department after their initial proposal in 2014 was refused.

The chain wants to build a convenience store with carparking for 20 vehicles, on brownfield land on Church Street, at the bottom of Street Lane.

But residents and councillors are concerned about highways and road safety.

Pat May, Gildersome Parish Council clerk said: “The chief objection still resolves around highways and road safety. Access to this site at the mini-roundabout would present so many dangers for both pedestrians and vehicles, and manoeuvre of the HGV delivery vehicles would exacerbate this danger.

“A traffic survey undertaken by the parish council gave a clear indication of the high volume of traffic using this mini-roundabout. Vehicle movements throughout the day varied between 1,100 and 1,600 per hour.

“The decision now lies with the Planning Inspectorate.”

The proposal by the Co-operative, which already has a store on Finkle Lane in the village, says it would employ 25 members of staff and be open seven days a week, including Bank Holidays, from 7am-11pm.

A report by Leeds City Council as to their reasons for refusal in 2014 says that the proposed development is “considered unacceptable as it would create substandard access onto Town Street and Church Street.”

It added that the proposed 20 car parking spaces is “insufficient” and the “constrained layout” and the “insufficient parking” would result in overspill in nearby streets and on the approach to the roundabout, which they considered detrimental to pedestrian and highway safety.