Morrisons’ bid to extend delivery hours at Wetherby store withdrawn

A  lorry arrives for loading at Morrisons' distribution centre. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.
A lorry arrives for loading at Morrisons' distribution centre. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.

Morrisons’ bid to extend delivery hours to the Wetherby store from 4am to 11pm in the week will not be going ahead.

The application to amend the current times of delivery, from 6am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and from 7am to 4pm on Sunday, was put before Leeds City Council (LCC) by the supermarket chain last month.

Plans would have seen an extra three hours of delivery during the week and an earlier start on Sunday, causing concern for local residents, however the application has now been withdrawn.

A spokesman said: “Following feedback from the council and neighbouring residents, we have taken the decision to withdraw the application.

“We will now take some time to consider the comments made and revise the application accordingly.”

Comments were submitted opposing the application, including a consultee letter from Wetherby Town Council.

This said that transport already arrives in advance of the current opening times, already causing noise and disruption to the increased number of homes in the area.

The council also said that any changes to delivery hours would have a significant adverse affect on homeowners on Walton Road, Victoria Street, Horsefair, and Victoria Court.

Wetherby mayor Harry Chapman is conscious of this. He said after the withdrawal: “As far as I am concerned we wouldn’t want them to be extending their hours at all from what they are at the moment.

“We have had complaints from residents about lorries queuing up in the morning before the times stated, and I am sure I speak for the local council when I say we wouldn’t want an extension.”

Wetherby Coun John Procter (Con) raised concerns with LCC planning officers when the application was originally submitted.

Upon hearing of the withdrawal he said: “Withdrawing the application is the right move from Morrisons.

“I was surprised they hadn’t consulted first of all with council officers and with ward members.

“They normally do that sort of thing and they are normally very conscious in their approach, so I was a little surprised that they tackled it in this way.

“We are happy to work with them and see how any issues can be overcome, but everyone has to realise that in our town there are residents right in the centre and we have got to make sure that those people I represent are properly respected.”

Because the application has been withdrawn the applicant may submit a further application for the same development on the same site, or part of that site, within 12 months of the original submission date.

According to the planning statement, the proposal would enable the store to develop sustainably, that longer delivery hours would not adversely impact surrounding residents, and that current restrictions mean more deliveries take place during opening.