Sainsbury’s has had its application to develop a new Local Store on Bingley road at the top of Victoria Road, despite the objection of hundreds of residents.
A number of objections raised the issue of the damage the store would have to the view at the top of Saltaire’s main road.
SVS Chairperson, Vanessa Pilny, who attended the planning meeting to object has said: “Planning law needs to change to reflect local wishes.”
Two of Shipley’s councillors, spoke at the meeting to oppose plans. Councillor Kevin Warnes (Green Party) urged the committee to vote against the plan saying “It’s reasonable to assume a lot of that will be drawn from nearby independent businesses such as the baker, greengrocer and butchers. We have a duty to keep alive our strong and vibrant community”.
Committee member, Councillor Martin Love (Green Party), repeatedly stressed the negative impact of a Sainsbury’s at that site, saying it would cause major traffic problems and badly hit trade for existing retailers.
Local resident, Jackie Mulligan, who also spoke at the meeting, said hundreds of people would be disappointed their opinions had been ignored. “We feel crushed and disappointed. It’s a disgrace,” she said.