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'Big' Tesco store will have huge turnover; Critics attack scaled down plan.


TESCO'S full plans for a new supermarket in Holmfirth have been revealed.

The controversial supermarket giant dropped plans for a large store near the town in late 2009 following furious opposition from local campaigners.

But it returned to the Holme Valley last September and confirmed it had made its final application at the end of November.

Now hundreds of pages of documents have been uploaded to Kirklees Council's website after planners validated the application.

Last month a Tesco spokesman said the new store was roughly the size of its recently built 25,000 sq ft Penistone store.

But the plans online reveal their proposal for the former Midlothian Garage site off New Mill Road are considerably bigger than anticipated at 37,000 sq ft - 65% the size of the 2009 application.

Dominic Stankiewicz from campaign group Keep Holmfirth Special said they remained opposed to the plan.

He said: "In terms of grocery turnover, Tesco has only reduced capacity to approximately 80% of the original application.

"In terms of trading capacity, to put it into context, Holmfirth Co-op has a pounds 9m per annum turnover, Lidl's proposal is pounds 4m and the rest of Holmfirth is about pounds 16m.

"Tesco's proposal is for pounds 26m."

The plans show the flat roofed building will be built close to the road with the 217 space car park behind bordering the woodlands to the west.

Access to the store will be created at the south end of the site and new traffic lights will be installed.

Tesco has asked for the existing nearby northbound bus stop to be relocated further south, closer to Holmfirth town centre.

The southbound bus stop opposite the proposed store will remain.

Members of the adjacent tennis club will retain their access on the north side of Tesco's site.

A 3ft high stone wall will be built along the front of the boundary with New Mill Road and a 6ft tall wooden fence will be put around the car park.

Tesco also says it will use renewable energy sources to heat and cool the store such as air-source heat pumps and wind-driven roof mounted ventilators.

Other measures include low energy lighting, low pressure hot water and a rapid shut goods bay door to prevent heat escaping from the loading area.

Residents who live opposite the site and have been parking on the abandoned site have been offered 12 private parking spaces.

The store proposes to keep the special spaces locked using some kind of barrier system.

Tesco says it also plans to offer a 'Hopper Bus' service between the store and Holmfirth town centre.


* DETAILED: New Tesco plan for New Mill Road, Holmfirth
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Dec 19, 2011
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