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Supermarket's Burley library plans are re-submitted
New plans to extend a village library and share the building with a Co-operative convenience store have been received by Bradford Council.
Jenny Symons, of Ilkley’s Fairbrook Developments Ltd, has submitted an application to refurbish and extend Burley-in-Wharfedale Library in Grange Road to house the Co-op store on the ground floor.
A similar plan was turned down by Bradford Council earlier this year, and an appeal by the developer was recently dismissed.
Planning Inspector Mel Middleton cited concerns about traffic and road safety, but otherwise felt the development might have a “positive effect” on the vitality and viability of Burley’s local centre and would enhance the conservation area.
Changes in the new plan include kerbside deliveries being made to the store, instead of trucks crossing parking places outside the building.
One of the disabled parking bays would be used as a holding area for produce so the footpath remained clear at all times for pedestrians.
The previous plan drew strong feelings from the village, with a petition from some who feared the bigger store could harm smaller shops. There was also a petition in favour of the new store.
Co-op currently runs the Burley Village Store in Station Road. Co-op regional manager, Peter Ryan, told villagers at a meeting last year he was “ashamed” of the cramped store, which is in need of refurbishment.
The chain went into talks with Bradford Council libraries bosses before drawing up the plan to build an extra floor to the library and share premises.
In an accompanying Design and Access Statement, Anthony Dodd, of Dodd Associates Ltd, said: “Public opinion is generally supportive of the proposal, as both the library and Co-op are regarded as essential community amenities.
“Residents in close proximity to the new store have raised very specific detailed queries, which have been factored into the scheme design, accepting the limitations the design team has encountered in adapting an existing structure.”
Burley Parish Council’s planning committee will consider the new application on November 6, although the final decision rests with Bradford Council.