Plans to convert an Addingham carpet showroom into a Co-operative convenience store have been approved by Bradford Council – despite the concerns of local residents.
A senior planning officer acting under delegated powers has granted permission to The Co-operative Group for external alterations and signage at the Main Street shop, currently occupied by Philip Walton Fine Furnishings.
The council recently approved a licensing application, giving the Co-op permission to sell alcohol until 10pm, seven days a week. There has been opposition to the plan from concerned residents, who fear the store could put pressure on small businesses in Addingham, bring extra traffic and parking problems onto narrow village roads, and result in noise disturbance from deliveries.
No change of use consent is required for the proposed new store, as the building is already used for retail trade.
The planning application focused on the design of the alterations to the building.
Villagers presented a 90-signature petition opposing the new store to Addingham Parish Council. Parish councillors agreed to note the petition.
In its decision notice, Bradford Council said: “The impact of the proposed physical alterations to the existing retail unit have been assessed and it is considered that they will have no significant adverse effects on local amenity, the amenity of occupiers of neighbouring properties or the character and appearance of the Conservation Area within which the property is located.”
Philip Walton Fine Furnishings, which is currently trading at the Main Street building, has been seeking new premises. The company recently said it was not intending to close.