Yorkshire supermarket giant Morrisons has scrapped plans to build a store in Honley.
The Bradford-based chain announced it would not be building a store on the site of Keith Drake animal feeds, Huddersfield Road.
Morrisons announced it had parted ways with developer Limes Developments and that the proposed site ‘did not meet our requirements’.
The supermarket chain had planned to open a 2,404 sq m store making it smaller than Morrisons’ Waterloo store but larger than its supermarket in Meltham.
But a Morrisons spokesperson said: “Regrettably we have ended our involvement with Limes Developments and will not continue with the proposals for a new store in Honley.
“This was a difficult decision for us but ultimately the site available did not meet our requirements.
“We understand that this is a disappointing outcome for shoppers following the level of support expressed for a new store in Honley and would like to thank the community for their support and for working with us during the consultation period.”
Last month Morrisons announced it would be slashing prices after it lost £176m last year.
Two years ago, Morrisons announced plans to more than double the size of its Meltham store – but the company is yet to act upon the proposal.
The company declined to comment on whether it was interested in other Holme Valley sites – or if there were any developments in the plan to expand its Meltham store.
Morrisons’ withdrawal was welcomed by Holme Valley North councillor Charles Greaves.
But Clr Greaves expressed concern that the site would be offered to other developers.
The independent Kirklees councillor said: “After many weeks of speculation, we are happy that Morrisons has now clarified its position in respect of the proposed store in Honley.
“We had grave concerns about how a new supermarket would impact upon the village, in particular the parking and loading arrangements within the store, the store’s junction with the main roads which would have created a major bottle-neck, and the impact on our existing retailers.”
“However, we anticipate that the developers will now look to find alternative buyers. Our concerns over a large supermarket at this site would apply no matter who the operator is, but we hope that a project can be developed that will not only improve the local economy and deliver new employment, but that will also enhance the village and be welcomed by all residents.”
Holme Valley has become a battleground for supermarket chains with Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s and Lidl vying for spots in the area.
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