SUPERMARKET plans by a Barnoldswick fabrics firm have won out in a major three-way battle between rival traders.

Proposals by Albert Hartley for their Crownest Mill site in Skipton Road found favour with the West Craven after a four-hour debate at the Rolls Royce leisure club last night.

Bosses have said that they want to replace their outdated premises with an expanded industrial building and 3,344 square metre food store.

No details have yet been announced about who will operate the store.

But the decision leaves an opposing bid by Tesco, in partnership with Leggett and Platt Springs Ltd and Liberty Properties, out in the cold.

Land off Wellhouse Road, part of L&P’s base, would have been given over to a Tesco store, enabling the proceeds to be reinvested into the firm.

But alongside proposals by Pendle Properties to convert former gasworks land in Skipton Road for an Aldi store, the bid was rejected because of the perceived impact on town centre trade.

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