A PARISH council wants people in support of the Tesco Holmfirth bid to voice their views.
Holme Valley Parish Council is gathering opinions of residents and is appealing for those in support of the proposed superstore to contact them.
Tesco are applying to build an environmentally-friendly store off New Mill Road.
But last year’s public consultation was met with differing views.
The parish council will consider the plans and councillors say they want to keep an open mind and hear the views of all concerned before making a decision.
A spokeswoman for the parish council said: “Holme Valley Parish Council’s planning committee is currently gathering information on views locally about the forthcoming planning application from Tesco for a new supermarket.
“Prior to commenting on the planning application when it is finally submitted, members have to keep an open mind on the proposals.
“But at the same time need to be aware of residents’ views and the views of local groups.
“To ensure that both sides are treated fairly, councillors would now like to hear from any group or organisation which wishes to support this planning application and would like to see a new Tesco supermarket in Holmfirth.”
The council says they have already had people come forward in support but would like to hear from as many people as possible.
Last December Tesco bosses held a series of open sessions for people to look at the proposal and give their views.
Some said they believed the new store will kill the town, while others welcomed the jobs it would bring.
It is estimated that around 360 jobs will be created at the proposed store which will have 375 parking spaces.
Tesco bosses say it will be a flagship development boasting leading environment technology and a living green roof which will provide a habitat for wildlife and help Tesco reduce its carbon footprint by 30%.
If approved, it would become Yorkshire’s greenest supermarket.
But local traders formed a group to fight the plans.
The founded the Holmfirth Against Tesco group when almost 200 people attended a meeting against the proposed store.
The deadline for people to submit their views is 2pm on April 20 and the planning committee will consider them at their meeting later that day.
The parish council clerk can be contacted on 01484 222462, on email at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a letter to the Parish Council office, Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, HD9 3JP.
Scissett Tesco given green light
RETAIL giant Tesco has been given the green light for more expansion near Huddersfield.
The supermarket chain has been given approval to build one of its Express stores on the former J S Auckland car spares site on Wakefield Road between Scissett and Clayton West.
The vacant site had already been earmarked for a Somerfield store and 14-unit apartment complex but the plan stalled when Somerfield was bought out by the Co-operative last year.
The store will be Tesco’s fifth Express in the region after a fourth at Kirkburton was approved in January.