Superstore plan

GMI Developments Ltd has submitted a planning application to City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council for the development of a brand new 80,000 sq ft food retail store in Shipley, West Yorkshire which upon opening could create up to 350 new jobs for local people, with maybe an additional 100 construction related jobs generated during development.

Following recent public consultations, plans have been submitted for the food superstore, a separate café/restaurant, a 12- pump petrol station and 364 covered car parking spaces on a prime Otley Road site owned by Network Rail and DB Schenker Rail (UK).

The site, which dominates the gateway to the town, has been cited as an integral part of the council’s aim to regenerate this part of Shipley and to improve pedestrian linkage between the neighbouring station and the rest of the town centre.

To further meet the council’s regeneration goals, the planning application includes an additional long stay car park for users of Shipley railway station, an improved pedestrian link with pedestrian crossings between the station and Shipley centre and additional cycle links.

It is hoped the development will encourage more shoppers into the town and enhance job prospects and opportunities for local businesses.

As well as bringing a significant amount of investment to the town and delivering hundreds of new full-time and flexible part-time jobs, if successful the planning application would greatly improve customer choice in Shipley where there is currently only one supermarket.