Revealed – Asda’s town plan

THE Wetherby News can exclusively reveal this week the full extent of plans for a 24-hour Asda supermarket on the outskirts of Wetherby.

Last month the Wetherby News revealed how two of the UK’s biggest supermarkets – Tesco and Asda – had shown interest in building a superstore in or around the town.

The plans were in addition to Sainsbury’s plans to build a 35,000ft sq store on the site of the Mercure Hotel, formerly the Ramada Jarvis, revealed in the Wetherby News last year.

Wetherby ward councillor John Procter, who is a member of the Leeds City Council planning committee, has revealed that greenfield land opposite the Sandbeck Industrial Estate has now been earmarked as the site on which Asda is proposing to build a 24-hour supermarket and petrol station.

Meanwhile Tesco is believed to want to build a 40,000 ft sq site on land near to Sandbeck Industrial Estate at a different location to Asda.

Coun Procter, who was shown details of the Asda plans in a meeting with representatives recently, said the size of the Asda site would be similar to the proposals for Sainsbury’s and Tesco.

Commenting on the meeting he had with Asda representatives before Christmas, Coun Proctor said: “The meeting was very straightforward and Asda were very forthcoming with their plans.

“However, the feedback I have been getting from residents is that there is no need for another supermarket anywhere in Wetherby.”

The news about Asda’s plans comes after Wetherby residents were contacted by representatives of the supermarket giant in a telemarketing survey last week.

Resident Nick Johnson told the Wetherby News he had been contacted by a team at Asda.

He said: “On January 4 I received a telemarketing call asking for my opinion on supermarkets in the Wetherby area. During the survey, Sainsbury’s moving onto the Ramada Jarvis site on the outskirts of Wetherby was mentioned.

“I was asked what my thoughts on Asda moving onto land opposite Sandbeck Industrial Estate were.”

A planning application for Sainsbury’s was expected this week, but Coun Procter said the process of validating an application could take weeks.

At the time of going to press no planning application from the three supermarkets had been submitted.

The Wetherby News contacted Asda several times for a comment but it had not responded at the time of going to press.

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