Hebden Bridge Save Our Shops beats Sainsbury’s in Planning Committee battle this evening

Protesters from Hebden Bridge who want to save the town’s shops went head to head with Sainsbury’s tonight and won.

Meeting at Halifax Town Hall, Calderdale Council Planning Committee rejected  the shopping giant’s proposal to build in the town on the grounds that Sainsbury’s large delivery lorries could disrupt access, parking and traffic flow.

Sainsbury’s is expected to appeal against the decision.

A local group, SOS – Save Our Shops, has been campaigning for the last 9 months to preserve this ‘totally local’ town. They objected to the planning application at the Planning Committee meeting, along with Calder ward Councillor Dave Young and Hebden Royd parish council mayor, Cllr Jonathan Timbers. Continue reading