Uphold the decision to refuse planning consent for a superstore that would displace Crossley Evans from their home of 100 years at Otley Road, Shipley, West Yorkshire.

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This is our last chance to save Crossley Evans, a vital metal recycling business that has been part of Shipley for over 100 years.

GMI have appealed the decision to refuse planning permission for a new superstore at Otley Road.


Please sign our petition, and say NO to the superstore at Otley Road.


SAVE a recycling business with 100-year heritage

SAVE over 100 jobs

SAVE the local environment and help the carbon footprint

SAVE one of the only working rail sidings left in the UK

SAVE a unique wildlife habitat

SAVE the future expansion plans for the production of biomass fuel and the creation of 200 new jobs

STOP more traffic mayhem in an already congested part of town

STOP the carbon footprint from increasing in Shipley

STOP the developers from wiping out an established, third generation business

STOP the local economy from suffering further through forced redundancies

STOP the local wildlife habitat from disappearing forever


How You Can Help



1. Sign this petition

2. Email quoting reference APP/W4705/A/14/2214397, and let the Planning Inspectorate know your views before the 30 April 2014 deadline.

3. Spread the word by email, Facebook, Twitter etc and send your friends a link to this petition at

4. Print a poster for your window to show your support -


Further Information







30 April 2014 was the deadline for submitting our comments to the Planning Inspectorate. The petition and all your comments have now been sent in. We're keeping the petition open until the planning inquiry meeting takes place in September this year, and hoping to beat our target of 1000 signatures before then. Every time someone signs, an email is sent to the Planning Inspectorate asking for the refusal to be upheld. The full petition will be resubmitted to the Planning Inspectorate before the inquiry meeting to demonstrate the weight of public opposition to the superstore plans. THANK YOU for all your support!


About Crossley Evans

Family-owned Crossley Evans has been part of the Shipley economy for over a century and is one of the UK’s leading waste management and recycling facilities. It covers six acres of land, two of which have been given over to local wildlife, offering a unique habitat.

1,000 tonnes of materials are transported by rail weekly, so the company’s location by Shipley station is imperative, as it is supported by rail sidings that are not only hugely significant to rail heritage, but to the viability of the Crossley Evans’ business. Over 95% of materials are recycled for businesses and local authorities, supporting their carbon footprint targets and the local and wider economy.

If the Planning Inspectorate allow the appeal and grant planning permission for a supermarket to be built on its site, Crossley Evans would be forced to close forever, as there is NO other suitable location for this recycling business. It relies heavily on the local infrastructure to transport waste to and from the site. Without this, the company would no longer be viable. This is devastating for Crossley Evans, for local people, businesses and the environment, so we need your support TODAY! 


Refusal of the Planning Application for a Superstore

The following reasons were stated for refusal by the planning panel at the meeting in December last year:


1.  The proposed means of access to the site is considered to be unacceptable and the development of the site as proposed will have a detrimental impact on the highway network due to the introduction of additional traffic and traffic manoeuvres onto the A6038 Otley Road (a key route connecting the City Centre with outlying areas) and also affecting the nearby junction of Otley Road with Valley Road.  This would impede the flow of traffic and exacerbate the effects of existing congestion, particularly at peak periods, and would not be overcome by the proposed highway improvement works. The development would therefore not accord with the National Planning Policy Framework (paragraph 32) and Policies TM2 and TM19A of the Replacement Unitary Development Plan.


2.  The application does not adequately address the issues in respect of the existing National Grid electricity cables, water mains, public sewer and culverted watercourse affecting the site.


3.  The development of the site as proposed would lead to the loss of a valuable rail freight siding (for which there may be a need within future transport infrastructure plans) and would therefore not accord with the National Planning Policy Framework (paragraphs 30, 34 and 35).


4.  The development of the site would result in the loss of an existing specialist metal recycling business, able to transport material by the use of rail freight, which would be very difficult to relocate within the district and would therefore not accord with the National Planning Policy Framework (paragraphs 20 and 30) and Policy UDP1 of the  Replacement Unitary Development Plan.

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