Sainsbury’s decision confirmed

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CALDERDALE Council’s head of planning has submitted a written report outlining the reasons for refusing planning permission for a Sainsbury’s supermarket in Todmorden.

In August, Sainsbury’s application to build a store on land at Hope Street, off Halifax Road, was unanimously rejected by members of the council’s planning committee.

Since then, Geoff Willerton has produced a report which he presented at a subsequent meeting of the committee confirming why the application was refused.

Mr Willerton said the proposed supermarket would not be in accordance with council planning policies.

“It is further considered that the proposal would have a significant adverse effect on existing and permitted town centre stores, in particular the existing Lidl store on Halifax Road and the planned and consented Asda/Netto store on Burnley Road,” he said.

“As a result, the development would unacceptably affect the overall vitality and viability of Todmorden town centre.”

Sainsbury’s has not yet indicated whether it will appeal the council’s decision.