‘It’s basically a render and grey tin shed’

The White Horse, Gomersal, which could be demolished for a supermarket.
The White Horse, Gomersal, which could be demolished for a supermarket.

Plans to demolish a Gomersal pub to make way for a supermarket at the busy Hill Top junction have been criticised by Spen Valley Civic Society.

Punch Taverns have lodged a planning application with Kirklees to knock down the White Horse pub in Oxford Road and build a Sainsbury’s supermarket in its place.

The plan also includes a car park and landscaping.

However at their meeting last week, Civic Society members said they were worried about traffic implications as well as the design of the store.

Secretary Erica Amenda said the plans showed only one entrance and exit, with the car park exactly the same size as the existing pub car park.

And committee member Colin Berry said: “I can’t work out how traffic will turn right into the car park without completely blocking the Hill Top junction because it is so close to the traffic lights.

Chairman Max Rathmell said he had serious concerns about the design of the proposed building.

“It’s a supremely ugly building,” he said. “It’s basically a tin shed – a render and grey tin shed.

“It mentions timber cladding but that’s not on the design. At the very least the blockwork should be stone to fit in with area.

Gordon North said: “There are only 12 car parking spaces, and access is into what is the current car park, which is very close to the junction and rather restrictive.

“My other fear is that a new supermarket would put the Co-op at the other side of the junction under threat, it could have a disastrous effect on them.

“And if it eventually turned out that the Co-op’s store was no longer viable, then I don’t think its petrol station would survive which would leave Gomersal without one at all.”