A KELBROOK-based developer is appealing against a decision to refuse plans for an Aldi supermarket in Barnoldswick.

Mark Taylforth, managing director of Pendle Projects Ltd, has appealed against a West Craven Area Committee decision to refuse permission to build the 1,472 square metre discount super-market at the site of the former Gas Works Yard, off Skipton Road.

In August, the area committee approved a plan to redevelop the nearby Albert Hartley site, which includes erect-ing a new industrial unit and a new food store with 223 parking spaces, but rejected separate applications for a Tesco super-store and a smaller Aldi store.

In October, a planning inspector dismissed an appeal to build a Tesco and now an appeal has been lodged against the Aldi decision.

Neil Watson, Pendle Council’s planning and building control manager, said: “When we considered the Aldi planning application, the council had three applications for retail developments in Barnoldswick to consider.

“The major concerns were what effect these would have on the town centre and its vitality and viability. Two of the three applications were refused.

“We have already had an appeal decision on one application and the plann-ing inspector agreed with us that there is only capacity for one large supermarket in Barnold-swick. Our concerns rem-ain the same for the current appeal.”