Wooldale Co-operative Society Mark Lewis speaking now. Says the Tesco development would mean his shop would lose 20% of its trade - around £400,000 a year.
"I'm very pessimistic about our ability to continue trading if this development continues."
Markham: We'll find out soon enough. The contrast with last year's Lindley Moor slanging match is marked.
Just had Honley sub-postmaster Brenda Bodenham speaking against Tesco.
Greg Cropper now speaking against the development. Says the Midlothian site, as a former tip, will probably contain asbestos.
There have now been 15 speakers against the development.
Brian Brooks of Holme Valley Voices is first pro-development speaker.
Says the development would bring more trade to the town and develop the "eyesore" Midlothian site.
There will be approximately 13 pro-Tesco speakers now, followed by four more from the company itself.
First two pro-Tesco speakers have both said that they have the backing of the majority of people in Holmfirth.
Markham: About another hour before the sub-committee begins to debate the application.
Pro-Tesco speakers being applauded when they finish their representations.
Current speaker is called Tony. I have no idea how to spell his surname. Anyway, he's pro-Tesco and he's also the second Merseysider to take part in this meeting following the speech by Scouser Royston Rodgers.
Tony telling councillors not to make "irrational" decision to refuse Tesco application. Sub-committee members Nicola Turner and Andrew Cooper both look affronted at being told what to do. Don't think Tony's done his side any favours there.
MamaCath: As in, will I be liveblogging the debate? Yes, I will.
Nigel Jackson speaking now for the development. Says there's room in the Holme Valley for a supermarket at Midlothian and at Drake's.
JohnB: No, I'm not suggesting that at all.