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Store go-ahead fuels fears on traffic in Steeton
10:00am Friday 13th September 2013 in News
Ilkley-based Candelisa’s application for a 443 square metre store on land north of Longlands, Skipton Road, has been approved by Bradford Council.
But ward councillor Andrew Mallinson said although he was happy Steeton would soon have a new store, it could turn Skipton Road into an even bigger traffic bottleneck.
The store will create up to a dozen jobs and a 12-space car park will be included.
Planning agent Clive Brooks said there was an operator signed up and construction would start as soon as possible.
Approving the application, planning officer Alison French said: “A convenience store of this size, in the central sustainable locality proposed, would assist in addressing the retail deficiency Steeton and Eastburn currently experience.”
But Coun Mallinson (Con, Craven) has mixed feelings.
He said: “The road is already extremely busy and combined with the new housing estate and the fact that the emergency services use this road a lot means there are concerns this could make the road a bottleneck. The roads are already at capacity and can barely handle the traffic.”
But he admits that with few shops in Steeton the proposal could be beneficial, adding: “Hopefully it will encourage more people to walk when they go shopping rather than by car.”
The approval includes a pedestrian refuge in the middle of the road to improve road safety.
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