Asda get the go-ahead for Todmorden store

Asda has unveiled a huge managerial shake-up
Asda has unveiled a huge managerial shake-up

A new Asda store in Todmorden has been given the go-ahead despite concerns from nearby residents about noise and pollution levels.

Calderdale Council’s planning committee unanimously approved the proposal for the redeveloping a former cinema and the Abraham Ormerod hospital site on Burnley Road.

Asda were granted the option of opening the store 24 hours a day, but the filling station will have restricted opening hours of 6am to 11pm.

The scheme also includes the provision of a special button for use by nearby Todmorden fire-fighters that will stop traffic in all directions when pressed.

Residents on Ridge Bank, who will directly overlook the petrol station, were concerned about disruption and added noise, with the click and collect service, waste bins, unloading areas and trolley parks also set to be placed at the back of the store.

Ridge Bank resident Joanna Lovett said: “We broadly welcome the supermarket but feel we will be detrimentally affected by it.

“The high wall below our homes will make the sound reverberate and travel up towards us.

“We feel noise levels, traffic levels, lack of safety and pollution will be detrimental to us.

“To give the town the store it wants and needs the fuel station should be removed from the proposal, which would allow the store to have a larger stock of more products not available elsewhere in the town.”

Phil Bartram, from Asda, said: “We have worked extensively with local groups to bring forward a development we can develop now. This is ready to go.

“Without the petrol station we cannot being this forward - it is an integral part of the development.”

Mr Bartram also said Asda would consider implementing an acoustic barrier to reduce the noise levels drifting up to Ridge Bank.

The proposal received 48 letters of objection and 38 letters of support.