WORK to demolish a former fire station and build a new food store in its place has begun.
Last year the CO-Op’s plans for the Haworth Fire Station site were approved by Bradford Council.
And this month initial works on demolishing the building, which has been empty for over four years, to make way for the store began, with workers and equipment moving on site.
The plans for the store had evoked a mixed reaction in the village.
When the application went through the planning system, some residents welcomed the extra choice it provided people in the town when it came to shopping.
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But others raised concerns about traffic and road safety.
Spar, which has a store in the town, were one of the main voices calling for the plans to be refused.
After workers started on the site, a Co-op spokesperson, said: “Pending all necessary approvals, the Co-op is looking to lease the site from the current developer which will enable it to provide the community in Haworth with a new store in 2021.
“A six figure investment will create up to 15 jobs for local people.
“The store will run on renewable electricity and have a focus on fresh, healthy products, food-to-go, vegan and free-from foods, Fairtrade products, award winning wines, meal ideas and essentials. Our aim is to operate at the heart of local life, connecting communities and making a difference locally.”