29 May 2009

Anti-terror police were 'routinely' consulted over plans for a larger new Tesco supermarket in Ilkley, says Bradford Council.

A police counter terrorism unit was among the formal consultees contacted by Bradford Council planners over the plans

Some opponents of the supermarket claimed the proposed store, which would be raised up, allowing space for car parking beneath the main shopping floor, could be a target for terrorist bombers.

Bradford Council has confirmed that a police counter terrorism unit was consulted about the super-market plans, but says this was a matter of routine in the planning process for large buildings such as shopping centres and supermarkets.

A spokesman for the council said: "The counter terrorism unit is routinely consulted on large buildings that are planned, such as supermarkets or shopping centres, which are likely to have large numbers of people in them at any one time."

The plan is awaiting consideration by Bradford Council's Keighley Area Planning Panel. The date for the planning meeting, expected to take place in Ilkley, has yet to be announced.

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