Hope of 200 jobs in store bid by Tesco for Silsden

Keighley News: An artist’s impression of the proposed Tesco in Silsden An artist’s impression of the proposed Tesco in Silsden

Tesco has unveiled plans to build a store in Silsden, creating around 200 jobs.

The proposed 20,000 sq ft medium- sized store would be built in Keighley Road, to the east of Silsden AFC and near where Aldi also hopes to build.

A public exhibition is due to be held on Wednesday at Silsden Methodist Church before plans are submitted to Bradford Council later in the year.

Bradford Craven ward councillor Andrew Mallinson welcomed the proposals, which he said reflected planned growth for the area.

He said: “This is good, positive news. I’m just astounded we’ve had one site allocated for a supermarket closely followed by another.”

Coun Mallinson said with the planned growth of Silsden, Steeton and Addingham, supermarket developers clearly recognised a need.

The scheme is being brought forward by planning consultancy Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners on behalf of the site owner and has been discussed by Bradford Council officers for more than a year.

The site, formerly Becks Mill industrial buildings, was last occupied by Riverdale Publishing and has been empty for three years.

It is expected the new Tesco, including a petrol station and parking, would create about 200 jobs, plus jobs during the construction phase.

Anthony Greally, senior associate director at NLP, said a Tesco store would satisfy the need for a large supermarket in Silsden.

“Current facilities in Silsden mainly comprise of small scale convenience stores which offer a limited range of goods and primarily meet the top-up shopping needs of residents,” he said.

“Silsden is currently lacking a main foodstore, with the largest being the Co-op on Bridge Street which comprises around 12,000 sq ft of net sales area.”

He added: “As a result, the majority of local residents currently travel out of the area to do their main food shopping in larger foodstores.

“There is a need for a new, larger foodstore to enable residents of Silsden to more fully meet their food shopping needs locally, retain spending in the area and reduce travel distances.”

Mr Greally added that the proposed Tesco would be larger than the planned Aldi store, currently out to six-week public consultation.

The NLP public exhibition will be open between 3pm and 8pm.

If planning permission is granted, Tesco plans to start building later this year and open in 2015.

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6:55am Thu 16 Jan 14

G_Firth says...

Isn't that a little bit risky building on a known flood zone
Isn't that a little bit risky building on a known flood zone G_Firth
  • Score: 6

10:23am Thu 16 Jan 14

coppy says...

They have been doing that for years in Steeton - the site of the old river bed.
They have been doing that for years in Steeton - the site of the old river bed. coppy
  • Score: 2

4:02pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Mixter says...

G_Firth wrote:
Isn't that a little bit risky building on a known flood zone
Nah....they just need to raise the surrounding land, and send the river through the sports club and golf ranges....and.....po
ssibly that estate over the road if they are unlucky. But, if their tea bags end up tuppence cheaper, it'll be worth it, and the council gets a few extra shillings in rates into the bargain.
[quote][p][bold]G_Firth[/bold] wrote: Isn't that a little bit risky building on a known flood zone[/p][/quote]Nah....they just need to raise the surrounding land, and send the river through the sports club and golf ranges....and.....po ssibly that estate over the road if they are unlucky. But, if their tea bags end up tuppence cheaper, it'll be worth it, and the council gets a few extra shillings in rates into the bargain. Mixter
  • Score: 6

5:19pm Fri 17 Jan 14

rhuby_rhubarb says...

I saw this in the paper today and thought such a joke! Why the hell does Silsden need a tesco? There are plenty of supermarkets within 10 min drive, or 1 bus journey away. Tesco in Ilkley and Skipton, Asda, Sainsburys, Morrisons in Keighley and not to mention the new Aldi soon to be built! Is that not enough? Silsden is only small and that's what I like about living here. Do you want all the extra traffic on your way home from work? Do you want the friendly local guy at the petrol station and the hand car wash to close because tesco put him out of business? How about the local newsagents, off licences, pubs who have been here a lot longer than tesco! Do we want tesco to come and take business from them to. In my eyes it's a no brainer, keep tesco out of silsden!
I saw this in the paper today and thought such a joke! Why the hell does Silsden need a tesco? There are plenty of supermarkets within 10 min drive, or 1 bus journey away. Tesco in Ilkley and Skipton, Asda, Sainsburys, Morrisons in Keighley and not to mention the new Aldi soon to be built! Is that not enough? Silsden is only small and that's what I like about living here. Do you want all the extra traffic on your way home from work? Do you want the friendly local guy at the petrol station and the hand car wash to close because tesco put him out of business? How about the local newsagents, off licences, pubs who have been here a lot longer than tesco! Do we want tesco to come and take business from them to. In my eyes it's a no brainer, keep tesco out of silsden! rhuby_rhubarb
  • Score: 11

1:32pm Sat 18 Jan 14

propublicus says...

200 JOBS? for who?
Are Tesco willing to break employment law??


......are they going to illegally discriminate and give the jobs to Cobbydalers only? Tesco will bring their own managers already trained in other stores. BY LAW their recruitment process has to be legal, they will have to take the best people for the job local or not, and with today's true unemployment figures reaching 10 million they have a lot of people to choose from.

200 JOBS?
Are these the jobs that will be lost from the Coop, the Butchers, the cafes, the newsagents, the flower shop, all the quality shops on Briggate & Kirkgate that make Silsden a nice place to be.
There is no need for any new store, you can already buy everything you need in Silsden and if you cant there are 4 major stores 4 miles down the road in Keighley or Tesco will deliver from Skipton, Ilkley or Riddlesdon.

200 JOBS?
Tesco will not only be selling goods that will threaten the Coop and the small independents it will be selling 'take-away' style food at a fraction of the cost, and obviously the quality, of the local takeaways and restaurants, what will happen to these people's jobs and how will the town look when these are boarded up?

200 JOBS?
how many people are presently employed at the petrol station and hand car wash? if Tesco open a petrol station this will be the first to go, what will take it's place? will it remain empty for years and years? not a very welcoming site at the entrance of Silsden especially when the Grouse eventually closes.


Shall I mention the TRAFFIC?? do I need to??

This store will not get any footfall from pedestrians, it is not on any desire lines, the only pedestrians to pass it will be on their way home from work from the railway station and like all of them we see will be intent on getting home not to laden themselves with bags of shopping.
This will be a destination point for car users only and probably from the Southrn approaches: Steeton, Cross Hills, Glusburn and perhaps Kildwick and also Uttley. Who in their right mind would come through Silsden from anywhere else when they can shop in Skipton, Keighley, Ilkley or if they live in Cowling head over to Colne.

Their will be little passing trade from people heading up and down the dual carriage way, why would you when you have stores at either end or at your destination point and who wants to take a detour that will have them held up in the already crawling pace traffic between 15:30 and 18:30 hrs. Any local increase in traffic will create such ridiculous traffic jams that after the first few attempts at shopping there people will head back to going to Keighley or Skipton or Ilkley.

HOUSE PRICES??
When all of these lovely local shops we have already have gone and they are all boarded up how will this affect the house prices? People come to live in Silsden or stay in Silsden because of what Silsden is today: small shops, cafes, pubs, takeaways, people walking around on the streets talking to each other, when this has gone Silsden will became a clone-town, a ghost town just like many other towns that have received the promise of jobs from people like Tesco.




Unfortunately the local politicians, are in the main gullible and don't really understand the real world, they will believe the promise of jobs, so it will go ahead and there will be some token gesture of a new playground or some monies for flood relief etc.... but it won't save the atmosphere, the fabric, the day-to-day nature of the Silsden we all love.
200 JOBS? for who? Are Tesco willing to break employment law?? ......are they going to illegally discriminate and give the jobs to Cobbydalers only? Tesco will bring their own managers already trained in other stores. BY LAW their recruitment process has to be legal, they will have to take the best people for the job local or not, and with today's true unemployment figures reaching 10 million they have a lot of people to choose from. 200 JOBS? Are these the jobs that will be lost from the Coop, the Butchers, the cafes, the newsagents, the flower shop, all the quality shops on Briggate & Kirkgate that make Silsden a nice place to be. There is no need for any new store, you can already buy everything you need in Silsden and if you cant there are 4 major stores 4 miles down the road in Keighley or Tesco will deliver from Skipton, Ilkley or Riddlesdon. 200 JOBS? Tesco will not only be selling goods that will threaten the Coop and the small independents it will be selling 'take-away' style food at a fraction of the cost, and obviously the quality, of the local takeaways and restaurants, what will happen to these people's jobs and how will the town look when these are boarded up? 200 JOBS? how many people are presently employed at the petrol station and hand car wash? if Tesco open a petrol station this will be the first to go, what will take it's place? will it remain empty for years and years? not a very welcoming site at the entrance of Silsden especially when the Grouse eventually closes. Shall I mention the TRAFFIC?? do I need to?? This store will not get any footfall from pedestrians, it is not on any desire lines, the only pedestrians to pass it will be on their way home from work from the railway station and like all of them we see will be intent on getting home not to laden themselves with bags of shopping. This will be a destination point for car users only and probably from the Southrn approaches: Steeton, Cross Hills, Glusburn and perhaps Kildwick and also Uttley. Who in their right mind would come through Silsden from anywhere else when they can shop in Skipton, Keighley, Ilkley or if they live in Cowling head over to Colne. Their will be little passing trade from people heading up and down the dual carriage way, why would you when you have stores at either end or at your destination point and who wants to take a detour that will have them held up in the already crawling pace traffic between 15:30 and 18:30 hrs. Any local increase in traffic will create such ridiculous traffic jams that after the first few attempts at shopping there people will head back to going to Keighley or Skipton or Ilkley. HOUSE PRICES?? When all of these lovely local shops we have already have gone and they are all boarded up how will this affect the house prices? People come to live in Silsden or stay in Silsden because of what Silsden is today: small shops, cafes, pubs, takeaways, people walking around on the streets talking to each other, when this has gone Silsden will became a clone-town, a ghost town just like many other towns that have received the promise of jobs from people like Tesco. Unfortunately the local politicians, are in the main gullible and don't really understand the real world, they will believe the promise of jobs, so it will go ahead and there will be some token gesture of a new playground or some monies for flood relief etc.... but it won't save the atmosphere, the fabric, the day-to-day nature of the Silsden we all love. propublicus
  • Score: 17

2:55pm Sat 18 Jan 14

propublicus says...

By the way comments and objections can be sent to:
tescosilsden@nlpplan
ning.com
or
Isobel Jackson
Nathaniel Lichfield & partners
Generator Studios
Trafalgar Street
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
NE1 2LA
By the way comments and objections can be sent to: tescosilsden@nlpplan ning.com or Isobel Jackson Nathaniel Lichfield & partners Generator Studios Trafalgar Street Newcastle-Upon-Tyne NE1 2LA propublicus
  • Score: 4

9:51pm Sat 18 Jan 14

jimmy k says...

if there are more then 100 part time jobs created i will bare my backside in tescos window,as has been previously stated it only makes up for the lost jobs elsewhere,unfortunat
ely in the financially restrained times the council will only be looking at the business rates coming in.
if there are more then 100 part time jobs created i will bare my backside in tescos window,as has been previously stated it only makes up for the lost jobs elsewhere,unfortunat ely in the financially restrained times the council will only be looking at the business rates coming in. jimmy k
  • Score: 5

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