PLANS for an Asda store on Huddersfield’s ring road were labelled a “disaster” by the town’s MP.
Barry Sheerman has tabled strong objections to the plan in a submission to Kirklees Council, which is considering the retail giant’s £40m plan.
And he repeated his objections at a meeting of the Town First group – formed after rivals Tesco tabled plans for the Southgate part of the ring road.
Asda want to build the store on land edged by Queensgate, Chapel Hill and Milford Street.
The site is currently in use by engineering firm Thomas Broadbents, which plans to use just part of its factory.
But Mr Sheerman, who has already led protests about the Tesco plan, is far from happy.
He said it was a site which should be developed as an education quarter, with the expanding University of Huddersfield on one side and the planned Kirklees College campus on the other.
“People should remember the University is the largest employer in Huddersfield with people enjoying relatively well-paid careers.
“We should not be considering barriers to their continued expansion and development. The idea of an education quarter should be celebrated in this town.
“We applauded the fact last month that we got the funding for the new Kirklees College campus off Chapel Hill and there are exciting plans ahead.
“I will be telling council planners that the Asda scheme would stifle development and would be deeply damaging to the future of our young people”.