Sainsbury’s bid for fire station site

Sainsbury's new site in Valley Road, Hebden Bridge.

Sainsbury's new site in Valley Road, Hebden Bridge.

Revised plans for a £1.5 million supermarket, town houses and apartments at the former Hebden Bridge fire station site have been announced.

Just a week after a controversial proposal for a hotel and supermarket on the former Mytholm works site was given the green light by Calderdale Council, it has been revealed the town could get another convenience store in the form of a Sainsbury’s Local.

The revised application by Leeds-based Eshton Gregory Ltd, which already has approval for two commercial units comprising 318sq metres with nine apartments above and five town houses on the Valley Road site (which has to be commenced by December 24, 2013), would include the retail space, five town houses and three apartments.

A spokesperson for Eshton Gregory said the company would soon be seeking planning permission for the revised scheme. Work on the supermarket, which would create 20 full and part-time jobs, would begin in the new year.

The town houses would be located at the rear of the site.

Managing director of Eshton Gregory, James Chapman, said: “We are delighted that Sainsbury’s has now earmarked the old fire station plot for a new store. Attracting such a major supermarket chain to Hebden Bridge will both create sustainable jobs and provide a more diverse range of retail choices.”

If approved, the store with 2,750sq ft of retail space will occupy the ground-floor level and half of the first-floor level. Paul Sellers, regional acquisition manager for Sainsbury’s, said: “Our store will provide additional choice, a convenient way for local people to top up their weekly shop and create 20 full and part-time jobs.

“It’s an excellent opportunity to bring this vacant building back to life.”

Eshton Gregory acquired the 0.25 acre site in 2007, demolishing the former fire station and using the land as a car park until development plans were finalised. If their proposals are approved, 45 parking spaces would go.

Hebden Royd Mayor Coun Karl Boggis said he was not in favour of the plans because the location of the supermarket would have an adverse affect on town centre businesses.

He said: “There would be a loss of parking and I don’t see this as a good step forward for the town.”

Coun Janet Battye (Lib Dem, Calder Ward, said): “I’ve a number of concerns about this especially in light of planning permission being granted for a supermarket on the Mytholm Works site. I had my doubts about the impact of that on the Co-op, but this is even more worrying.”

Last week the Hebden Bridge Times reported Tesco had a presence in the town, with the opening last week of its One Stop subsidiary business in Crown Street, previously a Spar convenience store.




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