Morrisons call off bid to extend delivery hours at Wetherby store for second time

A lorry arrives for loading at Morrison's distribution centre.'Picture: Bruce Rollinson.

A lorry arrives for loading at Morrison's distribution centre.'Picture: Bruce Rollinson.

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Concerns about proposals to extend delivery hours at the Wetherby Morrisons store have eased following the withdrawal of plans for the second time.

The supermarket chain submitted an application to extend delivery to the site in the Horsefair Centre from 4am to 11pm Monday to Saturday - adding three hours to current operational guidelines - in June 2014 and withdrew it the same month after feedback from Leeds City Council (LCC) and Wetherby residents.

Just ten days after withdrawing this application, however, Morrisons renewed their bid to extend delivery.

This application has now also been withdrawn and the Mayor of Wetherby Coun Harry Chapman once again welcomed the decision.

He said: “It is pleasing that they have withdrawn the application again and it means we are going to have fewer people disturbed at early times.

“I wonder what they are going to gain by it. They have already got fairly long hours and I don’t see what else they can do.

“Perhaps they have just got the feeling of the people of the town and decided not to go ahead with it.”

According to the planning statement, the proposal would enable the store to develop sustainably, that longer delivery hours would not adversely impact surrounding residents, and that current restrictions mean more deliveries take place during opening.

A Morrisons spokesman said the second withdrawal followed further feedback.

He said: “We continue to work with LCC to progress the car park improvement plans and look forward to updating the community in due course.”