Protest over store appeal

Protesters at the old Fire Station car park Hebden Bridge.

Protesters at the old Fire Station car park Hebden Bridge.

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A supermarket giant is appealing a decision made by Calderdale Council to reject plans for a new store in Hebden Bridge.

The application, submitted by Eshton Gregory Ltd, had proposed that a £1.5 million Sainsbury’s Local be built on the former Hebden Bridge Fire Station site on Valley Road.

But after worries for the free flow of traffic in the busy, narrow streets the plan was rejected by six of the seven councillors present at a council meeting last year.

The proposal contains two elements including a two-story block which would contain the supermarket on the ground floor and part of the first floor.

The second part of the proposal consisted of a three-storey block of five townhouses on Hangingroyd Lane.

Members of the Save our Shops Hebden Bridge campaign group, councillors and the public have expressed concern about the appeal.

A spokesperson from SOS Hebden Bridge said: “We are disappointed that, at the very last minute, Sainsbury’s have put in an appeal. It seems our work is not over.”