The Belmont Homes retail impact statement went up on the Calderdale Council planning website on Friday 12th July. Predictably, the statement claims that the proposed supermarket would not damage the vitality and viability of Hebden Bridge, or the areas of Halifax and Todmorden where the proposed supermarket would draw trade from.
No supermarket intends to set up on the site
Because so far no supermarket wants to be involved in the development, the retail impact statement is based on 2 different scenarios. One is for the impact of a “Top 5” supermarket on Hebden Bridge town centre shops, and the other for a discount supermarket, like Aldi or Lidl.
Last December, Calderdale Council Planning Committee deferred a decision on the Belmont Homes/Setbray planning application for a supermarket and hotel on the Mytholm Works site, because the developers had failed to submit a retail impact assessment showing how the supermarket would affect local shops.
I’m just going out, so I’ve no time right now to write a summary of the Belmont Homes retail impact assessment, or outline Incredible Edible Mytholm’s response.
Please come back soon for more info about Incredible Edible Mytholm’s response and an update on our work preparing a business plan for a sustainable food business on the site, valuing the site and discussion of site purchase with site owners’ rep.
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Support from Hebden Bridge businesses, public and Councillors for Incredible Edible Mytholm’s plans for the site
In the winter, Incredible Edible Mytholm, together with the Coop, carried out its own retail impact assessment of IEM proposals for a sustainable food business on the Mytholm Works site, and of the proposed supermarket and hotel. Opinion among respondents to the survey (around a quarter of town centre shop owners) was strongly in favour of IEM’s proposals and strongly opposed to the proposed supermarket, which local businesses think would damage Hebden Bridge shops and their local suppliers as well.
Since carrying out the survey, Incredible Edible Mytholm has:
- consulted the public on its proposals for the site,receiving a very positive response
- been awarded business consultancy support from the Plunkett Foundation to develop an outline business plan and prepare to set up a community-owned business to buy the site and develop the sustainable food business
- received cross-party support from members of Hebden Royd Town Council
- employed a surveyor to value the site
- held a meeting with the site owners’ representative to discuss buying the Mytholm Works site