Controversial plans for new store in Horbury Bridge

Newspapers: Express series.'Story: Pride of Horbury Bridge community group, alongside local residents and businessmen, are up in arms over a planning application that has been submitted to the local authority, that would see a mini supermarket built on the car park of the old Ship Inn pub in the middle of Horbury Bridge.'Pictured L to R) Post Master Waheed Ahmed, Jeff Casey, Sue Casey, Gary Longman with his daughter, Evie.'Photo Date: 02/04/15
Newspapers: Express series.'Story: Pride of Horbury Bridge community group, alongside local residents and businessmen, are up in arms over a planning application that has been submitted to the local authority, that would see a mini supermarket built on the car park of the old Ship Inn pub in the middle of Horbury Bridge.'Pictured L to R) Post Master Waheed Ahmed, Jeff Casey, Sue Casey, Gary Longman with his daughter, Evie.'Photo Date: 02/04/15

Controversial plans have been submitted for a convenience store in Horbury Bridge.

Residents say the application for the shop in the car park of the Ship Inn on Bridge Road, will cause traffic chaos.

They also claim it could potentially ruin Ali’s News and Convenience Store which has been there for 40 years.

Waheed Ahmed, owner of the store and post master for Horbury Bridge, said: “It’s a huge concern because if this is approved it will badly affect my business.

“People might lose their local post office which is terrible for the community.

“If this is passed I don’t understand how they can justify having two off-licences directly opposite each other. It’s ridiculous.”

And community group, Pride in Horbury Bridge, are objecting to the retail unit which would be opposite Horbury Bridge J&I Academy.

Jeff Casey, chairman of the community group, said: “The group objects to the planning application for several reasons.

“It is a retail development on the residential side of the village which is already well served and businesses will be severely affected.

“It will also cause an increase in traffic congestion in the area causing road safety issues for school children and residents.

“We would strongly urge residents to object to the proposals.”

The Express contacted the applicant before going to print but they were unavailable for comment.