Morrisons reveals plan for a new Steeton mini-market

Craven Herald: Councillor Andrew Mallinson Councillor Andrew Mallinson

Supermarket chain Morrisons plans to build a mini-market in Steeton.

The local branch of “Morrisons M” could create up to 20 jobs at the site on Skipton Road.

Bradford Council gave planning permission for a convenience store at the site in September.

Ward councillor Andrew Mallinson this week welcomed the news that a major supermarket chain could move into the village.

Morrisons, which is based in Bradford, confirmed that it hoped to build the store, but stressed the project was at an early stage. The company said that once the 443-square metre building was developed, it wanted to use it for a Morrisons M local branch, adding that each of these outlets normally created about 20 jobs.

Morrisons said it was keen for its stores to be integral to community life and that its focus was very much on fresh food.

Morrisons spokesman Laura Stubbs said: “We’re in the early stages of discussion about bringing a Morrisons M local to Steeton. We look forward to sharing our plans with the community should things progress.”

The original planning application for the site included a 12-space car park and a pedestrian refuge in the middle of the road to improve road safety.

Council planners said the outlet would be located at a sustainable, central location, and would address a “retail deficiency” in the village, despite some local concern about the possibility of additional traffic congestion.

Responding to Morrisons’ announcement, Coun Mallinson said: “It has to be good for Steeton. It’s nice that we are potentially getting a major name in the retail market that has got a good solid brand.”

He added that this was another boost for residents of Craven ward, following the news earlier this month that Aldi wants to build a supermarket in nearby Silsden. If accepted, Aldi’s proposal is expected to create more than 100 jobs.

As part of its plans for Steeton, Morrisons has applied to Bradford Council for a premises licence for its store.

The application states that the company is looking to sell alcohol from 7am to 11pm from Monday to Sunday inclusive.

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