PLANS for a Dee Valley supermarket set to employ 35 staff will be decided by the Snowdonia National Park.
The Co-operative has joined forces with property developers, Holland’s Limited, to promote the development of a new 10,000 sq ft food store on land at the Bala Enterprise Park.
The plans, revealed in January this year, have been recommended to be granted by the park’s planning officers.
Committee members were meant to decide in October’s planning meeting but it was deferred for a site visit which took place last week.
Llanderfel councillor and planning member Elwyn Edwards, who lives in Bala, said:
“The committee visited the pedestrian access as the Bala Town Council raised concerns.
“They suggested that there should be a pedestrian crossing but the council would not have that, so a pedestrian island could possibly be put there instead.”
The plannning committee will decide whether to grant or refuse permission on November 13 for the developers to demolish part of the existing building and
construct a new supermarket.
The application has also received a petition against the plans from Derwen Stores with 97 names.
The report said: “The petition was organised by the proprietor of Derwen Stores on the High Street in close proximity to this proposed site who also raised a number of other concerns including that the green should not be used for retail, if approved there would be a loss of jobs in the town, insufficient parking at peak times, traffic problems”.
Bala already has a Co-op convenience store on the High Street and the company says this will continue trading after the new food store opens.
The application states the new Co-operative will employ 12 full times members of staff and 23 part time.
Bala county councillor Dilwyn Morgan said: “I’ve met with business groups in the town and I have not had any official objections against the project.
“Most people are saying they want more choice. I see a lot of delivery vans in the town so we obviously need more choice.
“35 jobs is quite a big boost for the town and they are keeping the high street store as well so we’re not losing jobs and will not have any empty shops.”
The new supermarket will be larger than the existing store and have a 70 spaced car park.
A Retail Impact Assessment prepared on behalf of the applicant said: “An independent household survey undertaken in January 2013 confirms that Bala fails to fulfil properly its role and function in meeting main shopping needs.
“Bala suffers from high levels of convenience trade leakage to stores further afield, including Denbigh, Ruthin and Wrexham.
“This position will be exacerbated when the new Sainsbury’s store in Llangollen opens”.