Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has recently rejected two separate appeals for major new food stores proposed for edge-of-centre or out-of-centre locations.
The first involved a appeal by Derwent Holdings for a new food store and two new non-food retail units plus car parking at a site at White City Way, Old Trafford, Manchester which had been blocked by Trafford Borough Council.
Like the inspector who held the appeal inquiry, the Secretary of State concluded the proposal would be acceptable in terms of climate change, accessibility, design and impacts on economic and physical regeneration and social inclusion.
However, he also concluded that, as the proposal was not in an existing centre and not in accordance with an up-to-date development plan, the fact that it would result in a significant adverse impact on Stretford Town Centre meant that planning permission should be refused.
Pickles has also rejected an appeal over a mixed-use regeneration scheme which included proposals for a major new convenience food store, restaurants and a hotel for an out-of-centre site in Worksop.
He argued that despite the scheme’s significant benefits it breached both local and national planning policies and threatened the viability and vitality of the existing town centre.
The scheme, proposed by Dooba Developments Ltd for the site of the former Vesuvius Works in Sandy Lane, Worksop had been refused by Bassetlaw District Council. The Secretary of State’s decision was in line with the recommendations of the inspector who heard the appeal.
10 March 2011