South Leeds: Triumph for Asda in battle of the supermarkets

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LLeeds-based Asda won the war of the supermarkets and will open a larger store in Beeston.

The company went head-to-head with rival Tesco in a bid to build on Dewsbury Road.

But members of the south and west plans panel decided on Thursday that allowing two supermarket giants to open on the same road would be “detrimental” to the local economy.

They unanimously backed the expansion of Asda that already operates from an existing 500 sq m store.

But in light of huge delays experienced in the construction of an Asda at Middleton, planning permission at Beeston is on condition work starts in six months, and a completion date is agreed.

Members backed a planning recommendation to turn down Tesco’s proposal on the basis that it posed “a significant adverse impact on the vitality of the local community”.

Ed Carlisle, a local resident in Beeston, spoke against both applications. He said in terms of investment in the community, the opening of a supermarket could create short term “razzle dazzle” in terms of jobs, but in the medium to long term would “slowly suffocate” local business and damage the community.