Co-op seeks permission to open new store in Addingham

First published in Local news

A village carpet showroom could be converted to a late-night convenience store under plans by the Co-operative Group.

The group is seeking planning permission and a premises licence to turn the Philip Walton showroom on Main Street, Addingham, into a new retail store.

The retail group has applied to Bradford Council for permission to make cosmetic and access alterations to the premises, which already has permission for retail use.

A premises licence application to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises between 7am and 11pm, seven days a week, is also due to go before Bradford, Keighley and Shipley Licensing Panel at City Hall, Bradford, on Monday.

A petition opposing the new store is being collated by several shops in the village.

Eighteen letters have been received by the council about the licence application, citing concerns over potential anti-social behaviour and noise from deliveries to the premises.

One resident branded the 11pm closing time “too late” for the residential area. The present shop is open from 9am to 5.30am on weekdays, closing at 5pm on Saturdays and closed all day on Sunday.

Residents are also concerned about inadequate parking for staff and customers, as well as delivery vehicles, and the impact on village roads.

In a design and access statement accompanying the Co-op’s planning application, Bowman Riley Architects said: “This full planning application seeks consent for cosmetic alterations to an existing building, together with entrance/access modifications and an internal plant installation.

“It has been carefully designed to maximise the benefit of the facilities to the surrounding residential properties whilst minimising any of the potential known disruptions associated with such a facility.”

The licensing application and planning application are expected to be determined by Bradford Council.

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