TESCO has launched an appeal to overturn a council decision denying permission for a superstore in Holmfirth.
Yesterday Tesco announced it had filed an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate to overturn Kirklees Council’s rejection of the company’s plan for a supermarket off New Mill Road.
Tesco plan to build a 23,000 sq ft supermarket on the former site of Midlothian Garage.
But in July, 13 out of 14 councillors on the Huddersfield Planning Sub-committee voted to reject the company’s application.
Councillors decided the site was unsuitable because of the impact a superstore would have on traffic on the surrounding roads.
Members voiced concern that the development would take business away from Holmfirth town centre traders.
But yesterday Tesco said it did not believe the committee had followed planning guidance and had ignored the views of residents.
Deborah Hayeems, Tesco corporate affairs manager, said: “We have been encouraged by the strong support from the local community and we hope that an independent planning inspector will see the merits of the development.
“We have legal advice on the committee’s decision and remain convinced that this derelict brownfield site is the best location for a supermarket to serve the local population.”
Holme Valley South councillor and planning committee member Ken Sims voted to reject Tesco’s plan.
Clr Sims said: “We were properly informed and given the right information to make a proper, informed and unbiased decision. We went into it in great depth.
“It would have created huge problems on roads that weren’t designed to cope with that level of traffic.
“Obviously people want to buy cheaper stuff, but it’s not the right spot.”
Margaret Dale, chairman of Keep Holmfirth Special, said that she was disappointed Tesco was still angling to build a supermarket on the former garage site.
Ms Dale said: “I’m not surprised they’ve appealed as that’s their normal procedure.
“I’m very disappointed that Tesco still insist that the Midlothian site is suitable. It’s demonstrably unsuitable.
“As far as we’re concerned Kirklees Council’s approach was done in a highly impartial, proper way and all the officers were professional throughout.”