Supermarket gaints Asda have submitted plans to redevelop the Abraham Ormerod Medical Centre and Olympia cinema sites at Burnley Road, Todmorden.
Long dubbed an eyesore, redevelopment of the site, which is already owned by the Leeds-based company, could create up to 30 new jobs and will incorporate a small, two-island pertol filling station towards the back of the site.
The proposal includes replacing the existing mini-roundabout at Burnley Road’s junction with Stansfield Road with traffic signals and pedestrian crossing facilities - this approach follows that in two existing permissions.
The company says it is seeking permission to demolish the building and develop a small retail foodstore with a gross floor area of 1,061 square metres, with a sales area of 895 square metres, also accommodating a “click and collect” system for convenience.
Although the company wants to demolish the Abraham Ormerod site and the red-brick portion of the former cinema site, the plans propose mixing the modern with the historic at the entrance to the store.
Heritage consultants Roger Wools and Associates, of York, say in a supporting statement to Calderdale Council’s planning department on behalf of the company, that the incribed stone above the former medical building’s entrance should be preserved and appropriately displayed within the new development and the white terracotta art deco cinema faceade should also be utilised.
“The retention and restoration of the cinema facade is of strong positive benefit to the scheme,” it says.
The scheme will allow for 49 standard parking spaces, said a spokesman this week. “We are delighted to have submitted plans for a new store and petrol station in Todmorden. The new store will provide real supermarket choice in Todmorden, as well as regenerating a disused site in the town centre. Our plans represent a significant investment and will create jobs and retain shoppers in the town,” he said.