Proposals to extend delivery hours at Wortley’s Asda on Sundays and Bank Holidays have been rejected by planning chiefs amid fears the noise would affect nearby householders.
Asda has wanted to extend its delivery operation at the Oldfield Lane store as a ‘response to the government’s ‘Feeding the Nation’ agenda’ during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Deliveries can currently be taken at the store between 7.30am to 8pm daily, except Sundays and Bank Holidays – but the supermarket giant wanted deliveries seven days a week.
Refusing the application, a Leeds City Council planning officer’s report said:
“The Local Planning Authority consider that the proposed delivery operations on Sundays and Bank Holidays would be unduly harmful to the living conditions of the adjacent residential occupants on Malmesbury Close and Landsdowne Street, by virtue of undue levels of noise and disturbance when residents can reasonably expect a respite from the delivery operations that occur throughout Monday to Saturday.”
Three local residents and Councillor Ann Blackburn (Green, Farnley & Wortley) objected to the application.
A supporting statement submitted by Asda said:
“The store has been under pressure during the ongoing pandemic and requires additional delivery hours to fulfil demand.”
The plans – and reasons for refusal – can be read in full here.
Ordinarily I would think expansion to the hours is a good thing, but I can’t imagine what it’s like to live in Lansdowne Street, right next door, would be good if the developers of the new housing behind could create some access and extended car parking, otherwise it’s going to continue to be havoc there.